The Role of the Planning Commission in Assuring Community Vitality

This is a three evening course designed for appointed members of the municipal planning commission.

Land use planning is a critical function of Pennsylvania local governments and planning commissions play a vital role in determining the course of their community’s land use, economic, development, natural and historic resources and in how their community will be shaped for future generations. Because of this importance, Local Government Academy is offering a comprehensive three-evening course, designed specifically for appointed members of the municipal planning commission.

The course will cover everything from the role of the planning commissioner to reviewing development plans along with the “big picture” for your community, to ethical implications for planning commission members. In addition to the three evening course, a number of online resources, including webinars, will be made available to participants.

Please share this program announcement with your appointed planning commission members and encourage their attendance in this important training series.


Wed March 30, 2016, Green Tree Municipal Building

Tues April 5, 2016 Green Tree Municipal Building

Wed April 13, 2016 Carnegie Municipal Building

Time: 6pm-9:00pm

Fees: $95 per person for the three evening session; Scholarships and discounts are available to communities on  this list If your community is eligible, contact Justin Philman at or 412-586-5659 for the coupon code to use during checkout.

Additional topics include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the planning commissioner
  • The planning commissioner’s relations with the elected governing body, municipal staff and community
  • Comprehensive plans and long range community planning
  • The planning process and reviewing applications for development
  • Running effective meetings
  • Ethical considerations and implications for planning commissioners


Session 1: Wed March 30 – Brian Lawrence, Denny Puko, AJ Schwartz

Session 2: Tuesday April 5 – Rick Grossman, Jim Pashek, Mal Petroccia

Session 3: Wed April 13 – Shannon Debes, Krista Ann Staley, John Trant

To enroll, visit LGA Online and scroll to the course titled “The Role of the Planning Commission in Assuring Community Vitality.”