PA Land Use Institute – Albright College

PA Land Use Institute

Co-sponsored by the Berks County Planning Commission, Berks County Bar Association, the Reading Berks Association of Realtors®, the Smart Growth Alliance of Berks County, American Planning Association/PA Chapter
And the Lehigh Valley/Berks Section.

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – “Recent Land Use Court Decisions and Pending Legislation”
This session presented annually will focus on recent court decisions and enactments regarding planning, zoning, and other land use issues, and issues of interest to local officials and municipal solicitors. The session will examine the relevant background information on cases and recent legislation and their potential impact on local land use decisions and ordinances.
Speakers: Joan E. London, Kozloff Stoudt, Matthew Fessler, Hartman Valeriano, Magovern and Lutz

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM – The Imagine Berks regional dinners brought municipalities and school districts together to discuss economic development opportunities. The goal of the dinners was to discuss the Imagine Berks plan and ways municipalities could work together to deliver desired development to assist with Berks County economic health. The process is enhanced by Joint Comprehensive Planning and then coordinated zoning. Joan London, Solicitor, will moderate a presentation from the Department of Community and Economic Development on the process and benefits of implementing coordinated zoning. Topics that will be discussed include joint zoning districts, avoiding curative amendments, targeting zoning for warehouses where it works, and addressing the growing pressure for solar farms.

Speakers: David Hunter, Executive Director, Berks County Planning Commission, Zach Gulden, Rachel Reznik, DCED.

11:45 AM – Break

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Following the above presentation, attendees will be broken into work groups to explore their municipality and their surrounding municipalities to better understand where your municipal development assets are located and how you can support their usage to capitalize on development opportunities. Joint zoning can focus development where desired and maximize opportunities where the natural beauty of Berks County can be preserved. Finally, we will examine municipal infrastructure (from transportation to utilities, including Wi-Fi, to understand where development pressures will occur and how you may guide this pressure instead of reacting to it.

Moderators: Chip Bilger, Executive Director, Western Berks Water Authority, David Hunter, Executive Director, Berks County Planning Commission

1:30 PM – Adjournment


Saturday, March 2
8:00 AM Registration and Hot Breakfast
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM Training


Center for Excellence in Local
Government at Albright College
Roessner Hall, Room 100
1940 North 13th Street
Reading, PA 19612

Program Fees

Municipal Officials / General Public (Base Fee) $60.00
Attorneys: (Additional Amount) $40.00 (includes 4 Substantive CLE’s)
Planners: (Additional Amount) $40.00 Credits (includes 2 legal CM & 2 general CM)

Please register online or make checks payable to Albright College – CELG.
CLE Units and Advanced Master Planner, Legal and AICP Certification.
Attorneys will receive 4 substantive Continuing Legal Education Units (CLE’s). Master Planners will receive 4 units towards their Advanced Master Planner Certification.


** Only register the individuals that will be attending the training on this form. **

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