Planning Smarter Montco 2018

2018 Planning Smarter
Our Planning Smarter Montco 2018 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 2018 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. For questions about our 2018 education schedule, contact Rita McKelvey at 610-278-3753.
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THE COURSE IN COMMUNITY PLANNING

  
April 12, 19, 26, 2018 
Towamencin Township Building Meeting Hall 
1090 Troxel Road  Lansdale, PA 19446
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$110 Registration Fee* (Preregistration required)

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. Professional credits are offered through PMPEI. 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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 Montco 2040 - Connected

Let's connect — Meet the Planning Commission!

  
April 18, 2018
Montgomery County Planning Commission
425 Swede Street • Norristown, PA 19401 
Session #1
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration check-in & refreshments)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Presentation & resources)
Session #2
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration check-in & refreshments)
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Presentation & resources)

This event is designed for new elected and appointed municipal officials, but everyone is welcome! Join us at one of two identical sessions to hear about how planning can help you work with your constituents to set and achieve goals and how good information can help you make the best decisions for your community. We’ll show you our resources, including model ordinances, Montco 2040, design guidebooks, and data reports. Our planning board members and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have throughout the event. These informative sessions will be a fun opportunity to get to know each other better.

EVENT RESOURCES


Site plan

The Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review


May 1, 8, 22, 2018*
Upper Merion Township Building (Freedom Hall)
175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$110 Registration Fee** (Preregistration required)

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.

*Please note that due to facility scheduling, the course will take place on two consecutive Tuesdays and will then skip a week before concluding with the final session on May 22.

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


Rain garden

Montco Logo - Sustainable Places

Local Water Resource Success Stories — Stormwater Management and Water Quality Restoration Efforts in Montgomery County


May 16, 2018 
Advanced Technology Center Room 101
Montgomery County Community College*
340 Dekalb Pike • Blue Bell, PA 19422
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

When presented with new planning strategies, people often ask, “Where is this being done?” In the case of better stormwater management and water quality restoration projects, join us to see where “this” is being done right here in Montgomery County. Municipalities and environmental organizations have been involved in design and implementation of stormwater BMP projects, water quality improvement efforts, and green stormwater infrastructure installations in our county—with impressive results. The level of stormwater management and water resource planning activity in our area, from individual municipalities working on their MS4 programs to cooperative efforts as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, is significant. This event will present case studies, including design templates and cost information, of projects which have been implemented with success right in our own backyard.

*Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event, and the college should not be contacted regarding the program.

Event Resources

Bike Montco logo
 Montco 2040 - Connected

Bike Montco — Building a Bike-Friendly Montgomery County*


June 20, 2018
Advanced Technology Center Room 101
Montgomery County Community College**
340 Dekalb Pike • Blue Bell, PA 19422
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

Be one of the first to view the draft Bike Montco plan, Montgomery County's new bicycle mobility plan! This plan represents a new approach to bicycle planning in the Philadelphia region. It can be used as a tool to make your community safer and more attractive to bicyclists. During this free seminar, several speakers will share the content of the plan and topics including building safer on-road bicycle infrastructure, linking to the county's trail network, and the role the county can play in providing bicyclist safety education and encouragement strategies for new riders. Attendees also will have an opportunity to take a brief tour of Morris Road, one of the study areas in the plan, and to hear about the plan's recommendations to improve bicycle safety at the community college. This seminar is intended for municipal staff, transportation professionals, planners, and school districts, but everyone is welcome!  

 *AICP Credits - CM |1.75

**Montgomery County Community College is not affiliated with the event, and the college should not be contacted regarding the program.

Zoning map

The Course in Zoning


September 13, 20, 27, 2018
Lansdale Borough Hall (Council Chambers)
1 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 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, 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 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.
 


Manufest

Vibrant Economy
Future of Manufacturing in Montgomery County

 

October 30, 2018
Ambler Yards 
300 Brookside Avenue • Ambler, PA 19002
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Registration check-in 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

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Learn about how manufacturing is evolving and how it can grow within our employment centers and downtowns. This event will feature discussions by various manufacturers in the county. Municipalities can learn how to accommodate smaller scale manufacturing that provides excellent jobs and creates economic benefits for their community. This jointly sponsored event with the Montgomery County Commerce Department will also explore the overall vision of the county to enable a diverse manufacturing sector. Participants will also have an opportunity to to see and hear about the Ambler Yards project after the event.

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    Please note: Construction is occurring at Ambler Yards, and the main gate is not accessible. Click on the above link to seeing where to park and how to get to building 18, which is the location of our event. You will be parking in Lot 3, located along N. Spring Garden Street. Follow the pathway that runs along the street. When you get to the far side of the single-family detached home on the property, turn right and continue to follow the pathway to building 18.  We will have signage along the walkway and in front of the building 18 entrance. After entering building 18, take the elevator or the staircase (both on the left) to go downstairs to the community room for the event.
     
Montgomery Awards
Montco 2040 - Land Use Vision

MONTGOMERY AWARDS

 
November 14, 2018
 
Details TBD

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. In addition to our award winners, individuals who have completed the series of planning courses we sponsor will also be recognized.