Land Use Webinar Series: Winter/Spring 2018

Agenda

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Planning for Private Drinking Water Supplies
    Private water wells and springs are vital to the rural water infrastructure in Pennsylvania, which provides drinking water to approximately three million rural residents and farms. Because Pennsylvania lacks state regulations covering private water supplies, their proper management becomes the voluntary responsibility of rural homeowners who often lack a proper understanding of their management. In the absence of state regulations and proper voluntary measures, some municipalities have attempted to fill the gap by enacting local ordinances for private water systems. This webinar will provide results from over 30 years of research and outreach at Penn State to help planners understand private drinking water supplies and available resources for municipalities and homeowners.
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  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Land Use Planning with a Changing Climate
    This webinar will describe what is known about contemporary and expected climate change in Pennsylvania, how the impacts of climate on people and places in Pennsylvania are highly dependent on land use and landscapes, and the essential role of land use planning, broadly defined, for adapting climate change. It will describe concepts planners interested in addressing climate change may find useful, including the kinds of climate change information that is available. The webinar assists in determining what is and is not "actionable," and provides guidance such as decision-making considerations and paradigms that planners and other officials may find useful.
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  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
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    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Community Heart & Soul: Engaging Residents through the Humanities to Find What Matters Most
    A planner is instrumental in taking all of the resources available within and helping a community to fulfill its long-term vision. This process is not easy, considering one of the community’s biggest assets is people. Not all residents feel their opinions count. Invisible but powerful forces of culture and history also motivate — or discourage — people from participating. The humanities can be a resource in overcoming these challenges and activating residents. Using the humanities, Community Heart & Soul offers practical examples and hands-on tools to successfully find, engage, and take action on what matters most to people in a community.
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  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Addressing the Parking Challenge – Smart Parking Planning for Downtown Development
    Parking, especially structured parking, is often a critical design, density, and financial component of downtown / urban development. Structured parking is often required to achieve the necessary development density for downtown redevelopment projects. This webinar will explore the important role that parking planning, design, and financing plays in the redevelopment of downtowns and transit oriented locations. The webinar will also outline best practices related to financing, designing, right-sizing, and developing parking to support downtown / urban development.
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  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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    12:00 PM  -  1:15 PM
    Sign Regulations That Encourage Outstanding Design
    How does your community regulate signs so they fit in with applicable design guidelines and community aesthetic desires? Jurisdictions often struggle with the regulation and administration of signs and aesthetics. This session will focus on the elements of great design for signs and zoning tools that can assist in the creation of signs that contain the elements of outstanding design. A case study will be presented on the City of Phoenix’s experience in performance based zoning to encourage the creation of designs that utilize comprehensive sign plans. A second case study will discuss the Town of Gilbert, Arizona Heritage District transformation, and how signs played a role in that transformation.
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