Planning excellence for Chester County.


Course in Zoning
$160 ($110 is for PMPEI Costs and $50 for Programming)
March 16, 23 and 30, 2023
6:30-9:30 PM Arrive at 6:00 for the first session
West Chester University Graduate Center, Room 306
1160 McDermott Drive, West Chester, PA

This course addresses the fascinating, complex, and contentious topic of zoning. We will examine how zoning evolved in the United States and how this history continues to shape the way zoning is practiced in 21st century Pennsylvania. The course begins with a review of the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) authority for zoning and presents “nuts and bolts” fundamentals for drafting zoning ordinances and amendments.

Included in the course are advanced techniques such as overlay and performance zoning, planned residential development, and traditional neighborhood development. The relationship of zoning to comprehensive planning and the need for them to be consistent is emphasized. The course includes mapping exercises and analyses of zoning ordinance provisions. Problem situations and ethical dilemmas in zoning are discussed. The role of the planning commission with other individuals and local agencies in zoning administration, as well as procedures for enacting zoning ordinances and guidelines for rezoning, are discussed in detail.

All planning commissioners, elected officials, code officers, zoning hearing board members and the public interested in zoning are encouraged to attend.


Chester County 2020
PO Box 989
Malvern, PA 19355