CCL Berks: Zoning Course
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Zoning Basics Course
               Co-Sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, Berks County Bar Association,
and the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs
Course Description
Zoning is the most complex and provocative topic in planning, and this “nuts and bolts” course stresses the fundamentals of developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority in the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). The course starts with the evolution of zoning in the early 20th century and how it shapes the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania. Among the topics in the course are:
  • the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans and the need for them to be consistent
  • understanding the terms used in zoning
  • key issues in drafting the zoning ordinance and map
  • adopting and amending ordinances
  • zoning ordinance administration
  • the use of MPC authority for joint municipal zoning, planned residential development and traditional neighborhood development options in ordinances
Built into the course are mapping exercises, reviews of zoning ordinance provisions, discussion of problem situations, and ethical issues.
Course Objectives
The course is designed to educate local officials in –
  • the importance of the “police power” as the foundation of zoning; key provisions of the PA Municipalities Planning Code pertaining to zoning;
  • the steps in drafting a zoning ordinance;
  • basic and advanced techniques for regulating land use;
  • the procedure for enacting and amending zoning ordinances, and
  • meeting their obligation to provide for all land uses.
Course Content
  1. The Evolution and Foundation of Zoning in PA
  2. The Authority to zone in the MPC
  3. Steps in Drafting a Zoning Ordinance
  4. Advanced Zoning Techniques
  5. Ordinance Enactment and Amendment
  6. Administering the Zoning Ordinance
  7. Monitoring the Zoning Ordinance
  8. Ethical Issues in Zoning
Wednesdays, October 21 & 28 and November 4, 2009
6:30 – 9:30 PM (Registration at 6 PM on 10/21)
Albright College, Rockland Professional Center Room 148
13th and Rockland Streets in Reading. Click here for directions
Instructors: The course will be taught by Instructors certified by the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Education Institute (PMPEI).
Program Fee:
$120.00 per person (non-sponsors)
For 9 CLE credits (Attorneys only), add $35.00 to the appropriate fee above.
Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.
Master Planner
Certification & CLE Units:
Participants can apply the 9 hours of class time toward the 27 hours required for Master Planner certification by the Berks County Planning Commission, and attorneys are eligible for 9 Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE).

Center for Community Leadership of Berks County
C/O Albright College
P.O. Box 15234
Sewlyn Hall
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Voice:  610.929.6503
Fax:    610.921.7278

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