Land-use webinar to focus on making planning more adaptable

March 03, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Helping communities and organizations be better prepared to undertake more collaborative, culturally competent and cost-effective planning is the topic of a web-based seminar to be offered by Penn State Extension at noon on March 17.

Presenting the 75-minute interactive webinar will be Leonardo Vazquez, professional planner with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and New England College. He will explain why — in the face of complexities and uncertainties revealed by the pandemic and unrest of 2020 — planning effectively for the next decade will require being more adaptable for communities.

“There are three approaches to urban planning — prescriptive, proscriptive and adaptive,”  Vazquez said. “The adaptive approach is best suited for times of rapid change and uncertainty. We will talk about how planners and organizations that rely on prescriptive and proscriptive strategies can modify their practice to be more adaptive.”

“Making Planning More Adaptable” is the second webinar in the Penn State Extension Winter/Spring 2021 Land-Use Webinar Series that runs through May. The webinar series assists municipal elected and appointed officials, planners, landowners, farmers, and community organizations be informed about land-use issues and decisions in their communities.

Other topics and dates in the webinar series include:

— Jan. 20: “Making Quality Choices in Broadband Deployment.”

— March 31: “Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Potential Redevelopment Options for Retail Spaces.”

— April 21: “Planning for Growth, Prosperity and Resiliency: Using the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies Plan and Process to Innovate and Guide Strategic Growth.”

— May 19: “Community Needs Assessments That Planners Should Know About.”

These programs are recorded and available for viewing.

The cost of the webinar series is $50 for all five sessions, or $95 for all five sessions for those who want to receive AICP certification maintenance credits from the American Planning Association. The cost also is $95 for all five sessions for professional engineers needing PDH credits.

In addition, registered landscape architects can receive continuing education credits for a fee of $65.

For more information, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at To register for the webinars, visit the website.

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Last Updated March 03, 2021