Land Use Webinar Series

This series of monthly land-use webinars will present in-depth information on land-use topics affecting the communities of Pennsylvania.
Land Use Webinar Series - Webinars
Language: English

Starting at FREE

Starting at FREE


When: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
Wed., Mar. 20, 2019
Wed., Apr. 17, 2019
Wed., May 15, 2019
(12:00 PM - 1:15 PM)

registration deadline: May 15, 2019
12:00 p.m.

The Land Use Webinar Series is a series of monthly land-use webinars that present in-depth information on land-use topics affecting the communities of Pennsylvania. Learn from the comfort of your own home or office with this webinar.

Who Should Attend?

  • Land owners
  • Farmers
  • Elected and appointed officials
  • Developers
  • Community members who are involved in decision-making processes regarding using or preserving natural resources

How To Participate in the Webinar

Upon completion of the registration process, and email confirmation will be sent to the registrant that includes login instructions and the link to the webinar.

Professional credits are offered through the American Planning Association.


Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

12:00 pm Zoning Ethics The Municipalities Planning Code requires municipalities to exercise good faith when processing and reviewing subdivision and land development plan applications. The webinar will provide an overview of the zoning and land development process; the roles of the governing body, township engineer, zoning officer, and zoning hearing board in the process; offer practical guidance on how to avoid claims of conflicts of interest, bias, and bad faith; and provide an update on recent legal decisions that impact zoning and land development decisions. The webinar will explore three common claims raised during zoning proceedings: conflicts of interest, bias, and bad faith.

12:00 pm Geodesign: Using Data Transparency and Community Voices for Enhanced Land-Use Planning Land use planning for the future needs to embrace the latest technologies and tools, as well as how to grasp all the data available about places (without being overwhelmed!). New changes in geospatial tools and technologies enables a shift from data-overload towards data sensibility. Geodesign, rooted in decades of refinement, is a place-based planning process that joins values-laden creative problem solving with geospatial data in a collaborative approach. This webinar will provide information on Geodesign work that can guide stakeholders to a consensus vision for the future through the process of collaboration and negotiation that is enlivened by geospatial technologies that visualize scenario alternatives in real time.

12:00 pm Municipal Options for Meeting MS4 Compliance Without Breaking the Budget Municipalities wishing to meet MS4 requirements have many options: hire a consultant, do an education program for the public, or test water coming from outfalls… but one of the most effective steps to take is to use existing resources, existing personnel, and existing projects and property to improve the quality of stormwater in local streams and bodies of water.The webinar focuses on four areas: retrofit of existing detention ponds; installation of permeable pavements; construction of rain gardens; and restoration of streambanks. These four ‘Best Management Practices (BMP)' are accomplishable by a municipality, affordable to a limited budget, and creditable for a MS4 program. Municipalities can address pipeline safety at the local level through best planning practices and ordinance.

12:00 pm Making the Most of Historical and Heritage Assets: How a Preservation-based Design Ethic Can Promote Many planners and community development practitioners know implementation of a traditional design ethic in their communities is essential to their work. But many misperceptions still exist about how or even if historic properties fit into our diverse, dynamic 21st century communities, real estate markets and marketplaces. Primarily looking beyond isolated and scarce public funding, this webinar will discuss how a preservation-based community design ethic fits into vital economic and community development strategies and will outline best-practice planning approaches and tools to preserve, promote, and invest in local historic character and properties.

12:00 pm The Benefits and Challenges of Ridesharing on the Transportation System Uber is the world’s largest ridesharing company: it rapidly connects passengers and drivers with the seamlessness that taxi operators struggle to match. The app-based service provides the convenience of upfront pricing, a small army of drivers ready to pick up fares around the clock, and availability in hundreds of cities around the world. It has become commonplace as a way for people to get around without owning a car: it also provides extra income for those who do own cars. This webinar will discuss how ridesharing has impacted the transportation system and what are the challenges going forward. Planners will learn about how ridesharing will affect them and their communities.


Community and Economic Development Community and Landowner Opportunities and Challenges of Unconventional Shale Development Community and Citizen Engagement Strategic Visioning Meeting Facilitation Land Use Planning/Decision-Making Community/Commercial District Revitalization Local Governance Issues, Specifically Intergovernmental and Inter-Community Collaboration Non-Profit Formation, Function, and Management
Land Use Planning Grant-writing Strategic Planning Volunteer Management Facilitation Local Government Private Water Systems Ponds & Lake Management

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