Citizens Planning Institute Announces Philadelphia Zoning Code Training Series

Philadelphia, March 16, 2012 – The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI), the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s educations program to engage citizens in the city planning process, will offer a Spring-Summer 2012 training series on the new Philadelphia zoning code, which was signed by Mayor Michael A. Nutter in December 2011. The classes, sponsored in partnership with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, will provide citizens with the opportunity to learn more about the zoning code. Registration opens today, and the first classes will begin on April 24, 2012.

“The Citizens Planning Institute is a new way to educate Philadelphians about city planning,” said Mayor Nutter. “We set out to educate our citizens on development and zoning so they can share this information with their neighbors, friends and colleagues. Planning is about the future of our communities, our neighborhoods, our city, and I want to encourage residents to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about how we can create a more livable, green and sustainable Philadelphia.”

The new zoning code includes changes to the City’s development regulations and approval procedures such as:

  • Making the zoning code more user-friendly;
  • Reducing number of zoning classifications;
  • Incorporating a civic design review process; and
  • Establishing the role of citizens in the zoning approval process.

To sign up, individuals can visit to participate in two core classes, the Comprehensive Overview of the Zoning Code and Administration & Procedure, as well as have the opportunity to sign up for three electives. The registration fee for the core classes is $160 and each elective class is $45. Currently also open for registration is the CPI Spring Citizen Planner course series. Registration for these classes ends on March 27, 2012.


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