Webinar to focus on implementing land use and other plans

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Extension will offer a Web-based seminar aimed at helping municipal, community and organizational officials implement strategic, land-use and comprehensive plans.

Scheduled for noon Wednesday, Nov. 20, the 75-minute session, Facing the Challenges of Plan Implementation, will feature extension educators Neal Fogle and Judy Chambers, who are community and economic development specialists, and City of Latrobe Manager Alex Graziani.

Planning efforts, such as community visioning, municipal comprehensive plans and organizational strategic plans, can be used by communities and organizations to evaluate their current and projected conditions and prepare for their future, according to Fogle.

"The ultimate goal of these plans is the implementation of the recommendations and policies that were developed during their creation," he explained.

"However, following through on action plans and policies can prove challenging. This session will cover issues and barriers that can be faced in plan implementation, as well as suggest means by which these barriers can be addressed."

This webinar will provide participants with guidance on how to identify issues regarding implementation of plans as well as considerations for overcoming those issues, Fogle noted.

This webinar is the last of five in a summer/fall series focusing on land-use planning and decision making. For a fee of $30, registrants can access all five of the sessions as live events or as recordings.

Certification maintenance, or CM, credits are available to certified planners at one fee of $60 for all five, 1.25-credit, 75-minute sessions:

-- Solar Model Ordinance: Not to be Confused with the Sunshine Act (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM credits available.

-- Enhancing Vehicular, Bicycle and Pedestrian Connectivity (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM Credits available.

-- The ABCs of Form-Based Codes (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM credits available.

-- Fiscal Impacts of Different Land Uses (now offered as a recording), 1.25 CM credits available.

-- Nov. 20: Facing the Challenges of Plan Implementation (noon to 1:15 p.m.), 1.25 CM credits available.

This series aims to inform participants on topics such as current planning issues, how to create local regulations, how to ensure that planning benefits a community and how decision makers can find local resources. The sessions provide information valuable to landowners and land managers as they contemplate and plan for the future uses of their properties.

A previous winter/spring 2013 series of land use webinars also is available as recordings. Five, one-hour long webinars are offered as a package for one fee:

-- Planning in PA: Land Use, Communities and Beyond

-- How Preemption of Zoning and Other Local Controls Impacts Planning

-- Renewable Energy Implementation and Land Use Regulations -- Is There Conflict?

-- Developing More Effective Citizen Engagement: A How-to Guide for Community Leaders

-- Low-Impact Development and Smart Growth: How Are They Best Integrated and Utilized in Our Communities?

To view recordings of the winter/spring series or to register for other land-use decision-making and current-issue educational programs offered by Penn State Extension, go to the website. Other resources and information also are available at the Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development website.

For more information, call 570-724-9120 or contact Jeff Himes at jhimes@psu.edu.

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Last Updated November 08, 2013