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Zoning course to be offered in November

Zoning course to be offered in November

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Many of us hear the word ZONING and our eyes glaze over. But not some hardy souls who actually listen at those late public meetings.

Here is a course that will help them, as well as municipal planners, elected officials, and their staffs, and members of the public.

The nuts-and-bolts course will be taught on three consecutive Tuesdays - Nov. 13, 20, and 27 in Meeting Rooms A & B at the Hatfield Township building, 1950 School Road, Hatfield, Pa. 19440.

The hours are 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The course traces the evolution of zoning from the early 20th century to the way zoning is practiced in Pennsylvania today.

Material covered will include developing a sound zoning ordinance using the authority of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) and the relationship of zoning to comprehensive plans.

Also: understanding zoning terms, key issues in drafting a zoning ordinance and map, adoption and amendment, zoning ordinance administration, MPC options for joint municipal zoning, planned residential development, and traditional neighborhood development.

The course is taught by certified instructors. There will be mapping exercises, reviews of ordinance provisions, discussion of problem situations and a review of ethical issues.

Preregistration is required. The $90 registration fee includes a light meal at each session.

For information, contact Rita McKelvey at 610.278.3753.

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