Planning Smarter Montco 2020

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Planning Smarter, an initiative of the Montgomery County Planning Commission, provides important information about planning that will enable local leaders and citizens to better plan for the future of their community. All Planning Smarter events are free of charge and open to the general public unless otherwise noted. Participants who complete our sponsored PMPEI courses in community planning, subdivision and land development review, zoning, and zoning administration will be recognized with a Planning Education Certificate at our 2020 Montgomery Awards celebration. For more information, contact Rita McKelvey at 610.278.3753 or
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September 10, 17, 24, 2020 
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 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 offered through PMPEI.

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

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The Course in Zoning

October 15, 22, 29, 2020
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 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, and planned residential development as well as the options available through regional planning. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, and discussions of problem situations. Professional credits offered through PMPEI.

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


 Montco 2040 - Connected
Happy Trails! Planning and Designing Trails for All Users


October 27, 2020
Montgomery County Planning Commission (Montgomery Conference Room
425 Swede Street • Suite 201 • Norristown, PA 19401
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

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Montgomery County has an extensive and heavily used trail system. However, the demographics of our trail users do not always match those of the communities they pass through, and there are often physical and cultural barriers that prevent local residents from accessing county trails. In response to this issue and to support the transportation and equity goals established in the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, the county has developed a plan to promote equity on county trails. This free event will explore the Montgomery County Trail Access, Diversity, & Awareness Study, which aims to increase the diversity of trail users; increase awareness, visibility, and ease of access to the county trail system; and modernize trail designs to address the changing, diverse needs of the communities they pass through.

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November 18, 2020
John James Audubon Visitors Center at Mill Grove (The Pavilion)
1201 Pawlings Road • Audubon, PA 19403
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate a successful year in planning with other municipal officials, developers, and planning design professionals. The Montgomery Awards Program 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 and recognizes sustained planning advocacy. In addition to our award winners, individuals who have completed the series of planning courses we sponsor will also be recognized.