Planning Smarter Montco 2017

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Our Planning Smarter Montco 2017 program offers exciting planning education events throughout the year. The program provides relevant information about planning that will enable local leaders and citizens to better plan for the future of their municipalities. All Planning Smarter events are free of charge, unless otherwise noted, and are open to the general public. Many of the events correspond to the themes of Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, Montgomery County's award-winning comprehensive plan. Participants who attend all three of our planning courses will be recognized with a certificate at our 2017 Montgomery Awards celebration. While preregistration is not required for all events, we highly recommend you register as this is our only way to contact you if an event changes or is canceled. We hope you will be able to join us for these interesting and informative sessions to share information and insights, and we invite you to sign up to receive event announcements and other planning news. We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest on planning in Montgomery County. For questions about our 2017 education schedule, contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753.
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KEEP FARMING IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  
February 10, 2017
Franconia Heritage Restaurant (Banquet Hall)
508 Harleysville Pike • Telford, PA 18969 
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration check-in 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.)

Over 100 people attended the fifth Keep Farming in Montgomery County conference, which brought together farmers, community leaders, and others to discuss new opportunities for agriculture in Montgomery County. The conference, another step in helping to preserve farmland and the farming industry,highlighted the county's farmland preservation program and provided the latest information on how to keep agriculture a profitable business in Montgomery County. Various presenters spoke on major topics of interest to farmers including funding sources for on-farm improvements, emerging sectors of the farm marketplace, soil health, diversifying farm products, and transitioning farms to the next generation.

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PRESENTATIONS


Keynote
Emerging Marketplaces
Farms in Transition
Integrating Local Food and Farming
Funding Your Farm Operation
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THE COURSE IN COMMUNITY PLANNING

  
March 7, 14, 21, 2017 
Upper Merion Township Building (Freedom Hall)
175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$110 Registration Fee* (Preregistration required)  
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The Course in Community Planning is an excellent introduction to planning in Montgomery County for any local planning commission appointee or local elected official. This three-session course combines presentations and group exercises that explore the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC), the function of a planning commission, comprehensive plans, zoning, subdivision and land development, capital budgeting, and official maps. This popular course is a must for all new planning commission members. Professional credits are offered through PMPEI for registered landscape architects, attorneys, engineers, land surveyors, professional geologists, and uniform construction code officials. Additional fees apply. 

*Municipalities with a current Community Planning Assistance Contract with MCPC are eligible
 for a discounted rate of $90.

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WALK MONTCO WEBINAR SERIES


April 28, May 24, June 23, 2017 (Details TBD)

Learn more about how to make walking a safe and attractive mobility option in your community through this webinar series that will be broadcast live starting in April. These webinars, which will also be archived to be used and shared at any time, are intended for a wide audience including county residents, municipal staff, and school districts. Participate in one, two, or all three webinars focused on enhancing walkability throughout the county. This series is being organized in conjunction with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

APRIL 28: Why Walking Matters    


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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Walking is our most reliable form of transportation, is good for our collective health, has little impact on the environment, and is practically free. It makes sense that as a region we should do all we can to get people out and about. Learn about useful strategies and see how some planners are doing their part to promote walkability (and healthy decision making). CM |1.0 (free). For CM credits, please use ID#9120988.  

MAY 24: Solutions for Walkability Challenges   


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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As Philadelphia continues to become more of a 24-hour city (and its suburbs become more urbanized), how do we add pedestrian amenities to new construction and retrofits?

JUNE 23: Education and Outreach to Promote Walkability   


11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
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How do we best reach out to the groups that need walkability the most?

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The Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review


May 4, 11, 18, 2017
Lansdale Borough Hall (Council Chambers)
One Vine Street • Lansdale, PA 19446
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$110 Registration Fee* (Preregistration required)
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The Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review is essential for planning commissioners and elected officials. This three-session course reviews the subdivision and land development process from pre-application meetings through the completion of a project. It focuses on the principles of subdivision and land development, the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) requirements, effective plan management procedures, and design and technical standards for subdivisions and land developments. Professional credits are offered through PMPEI for registered landscape architects, attorneys, engineers, land surveyors, professional geologists, and uniform construction code officials. Additional fees apply.

*Municipalities with a current Community Planning Assistance Contract with MCPC are eligible
 for a discounted rate of $90.  



Village at Valley Forge
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Planning on Two Feet — Eat, Sleep, Play, and Work All Within a Short Walk!


June 22, 2017
Village at Valley Forge
Upper Gulph Road • King of Prussia, PA 19006
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
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In a few steps you will be able to walk from apartments to restaurants, exciting retail stores, and offices. During the nearly half-mile tour of the Village at Valley Forge, you will hear how a fully developed Main Street was constructed on a former golf course amidst a dense network of highways in King of Prussia. The tour will include several innovative apartments, an active adult community, a Main Street with restaurants and outdoor cafés, various retail stores, Wegman’s grocery store, stacked brownstone townhouses, and the regional branch of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This walking tour is guaranteed to help you attain your daily fitness goals and open your eyes to new mixed-used development possibilities.


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The Course in Zoning


September 12, 19, 26, 2017
Towamencin Township Building (Meeting Hall)
1090 Troxel Road • Lansdale, PA 19446
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$110 Registration Fee* (Preregistration Required)
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The Course in Zoning deals with probably the most complex and provocative topic in local planning. This three-session course emphasizes the fundamentals for developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority granted in the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). Course topics include the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans, key terms used in zoning and how they are applied, critical issues in drafting a zoning ordinance and map, procedures for adopting and amending ordinances, and basic zoning administration. The course also explores techniques such as overlay districts, performance zoning, traditional neighborhood development, planned residential development, and regional planning options and offers opportunities for mapping exercises, review of ordinance provisions, and discussion of problem situations. Professional credits are offered through PMPEI for registered landscape architects, attorneys, engineers, land surveyors, professional geologists, and uniform construction code officials. Additional fees apply.

*Municipalities with a current Community Planning Assistance Contract with MCPC are eligible
 for a discounted rate of $90.
 


Townhouse Community

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BUILDING BETTER TOWNHOUSE COMMUNITIES


October 25, 2017

Upper Dublin Township Building 
801 Loch Alsh Avenue • Fort Washington, PA 19034
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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Townhouses have become an important housing choice in many communities within the county. Whether built as infill development within older neighborhoods or as large development sites in growing suburban communities, careful attention to site planning, design, and architecture is needed to ensure successful townhouse projects. This session will premiere a new guidebook with design standards and a model ordinance, which can be used for all types of townhouse developments. The session will specifically address several typical elements in townhouse developments including successful designs for front yards, driveways, landscaping, pedestrian amenities, trails, road circulation, visitor parking, and other considerations.


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MONTGOMERY AWARDS - CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


November 15, 2017
 (Details TBD)

Celebrate a successful year in planning with other municipal officials, developers, and planning design professionals. The Montgomery Awards Program, which marks its 50th anniversary in 2017, recognizes the best in planning, design, and advocacy in Montgomery County. This annual program promotes awareness of outstanding design and innovative planning in our communities by awarding successful land developments, revitalization efforts, open space enhancements, environmental sustainability, and transportation improvements. In addition to our award winners, individuals who have completed the series of planning courses we sponsor will also be recognized.