(12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) and (7:00 - 8:00 p.m.)
Planners have a wide array of issues they can address and tools from which to work. This session will provide an overview of the planning powers granted by the PA Municipalities Planning Code. It will also provide real world descriptions and examples of how and by what means these powers can be applied at the local municipal and county levels. One such example will include the preparation and implementation of the Union County Comprehensive Plan, which was awarded the 2010 APA-PA Chapter Daniel Burnham Award.
Limits and restrictions on land use and property rights often present economic challenges for developers, owners, and contractors involved in the growing Renewable Energy marketplace. For example, while property owners have the right to utilize the sunshine that strikes their land, there are often limits to their ability to convert that light to electricity, or capture it for heat. Fire codes, utility easements, and local covenants can also result in vastly restricted use of property and added expenses for constructing owning and operating Renewable Energy (solar, wind, hydro, & biomass) projects. This session will highlight many of the challenges well-meaning rules and regulations create for Renewable Energy Projects and offer comprehensive solutions to minimize or eliminate problems.
Significant gaps and barriers exist to effective citizen engagement in Pennsylvania and across the nation. In many cases, most citizens do not participate in the decisions that affect their daily lives, and there is often a lack of trust between citizens and local officials. This webinar will focus on bridging this gap through the use of appropriate strategies and tools to encourage citizens and local officials to interact regularly, increase their knowledge of each other, and develop trust.
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