PA Chapter of the American Planning Association

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The PA Chapter of APA (PA APA) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization for the promotion of planning, and for professional planners and planning officials in the Commonwealth. The organization is a chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). It was created in 1985 by the consolidation of three separate chapters of the APA in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Planning Association. Approximately 3,000 members strong, the PA Chapter of APA works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through trainings, the annual conference, legislative monitoring, and public awareness efforts. PA Chapter of APA members participate with various statewide and regional groups with shared values and goals. The Chapter is organized into six sections that provide local service to members and others through program meetings, local workshops, newsletters, and announcements. Since our founding in 1985, our Chapter has hosted a statewide conference, provided training to planning professionals and officials, produced a newsletter, and hosted a website since the mid 1990s. We also partner with the Penn State University Cooperative Extension to create the PMPEI Planning Education Institute). PMPEI provides training to planning commission members, zoning officers, and zoning hearing board members throughout Pennsylvania.

Mission: Mission, Vision and Values Mission The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning through education, empowerment, partnership, and public policy. Vision Planning Matters Planning is an essential function in creating successful communities throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The PA Chapter of APA, with its diverse and engaged membership, positively influences the provision of planning resources and the practice of planning at all levels of the public and private sectors. Values The PA Chapter of APA believes: Planning is a critical function of government, citizens, and the private sector; Planning brings forth the best ideas by balancing varied interests and resources; Planning is objective and open-minded; Planning is comprehensive, inclusive, and empowering; and Planning values the diversity of Pennsylvania’s communities, cultures, and places.

Somerset County Planning Commission Seeking Assistant Planning Directorhttp://ow.ly/Mf6D50DhF13
01/25/2021
Somerset County Planning Commission Seeking Assistant Planning Director - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Somerset County Planning Commission Seeking Assistant Planning Director
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The Assistant Planning Director is responsible for the assisting in the planning, administration, and operation of a variety of programs and projects within the Planning Commission. Full-time position involves planning work at the advanced level. The position involves collecting, organizing, analyzi...

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Seeking Project Managerhttp://ow.ly/jIWT50DeLE7
01/21/2021
Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Seeking Project Manager - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh Seeking Project Manager
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The Project Manager plays the critical role of advancing URA development projects, real estate transactions, financial analysis, and general project implementation. The core duties also include assist with fundraising for projects and grant administration, in addition to managing and administering t...

Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking County Plannerhttps://planningpa.org/job-postings/montgomery-county-planni...
12/28/2020
Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking County Planner - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking County Planner
https://planningpa.org/job-postings/montgomery-county-planning-commission-seeking-county-planner/

The county planner performs various professional planning tasks including land use analysis, subdivision and land development plan reviews, planning advocacy report contributions, data analysis, housing analysis, and general planning agency support. A county planner should have a well-rounded knowle...

Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking Principal Transportation Plannerhttp://ow.ly/svHf50CsAjh
11/23/2020
Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking Principal Transportation Planner - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Montgomery County Planning Commission Seeking Principal Transportation Planner
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The Principal Transportation Planner will perform various professional transportation related tasks including project management of roadway improvement efforts; preparation of specialized transportation analysis; development of transportation plans; external coordination with DVRPC (regional MPO), t...

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Seeking Environmental PlannerThis is a planning and policy research positio...
11/20/2020
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Seeking Environmental Planner - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Seeking Environmental Planner
This is a planning and policy research position assisting and performing analytical work, conducting studies, and coordinating with member governments and planning partners.
https://planningpa.org/job-postings/delaware-valley-regional-planning-commission-seeking-environmental-planner/

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is the Philadelphia region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. We believe DVRPC is a place to work, learn, and create a career in a professional and stimulating environment that values diversity, innovation, and bringing your best self to ...

The Township of North Fayette, in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), is seeking a ...
11/20/2020
Township of North Fayette Seeking Active Transportation Plan - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

The Township of North Fayette, in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), is seeking a qualified transportation planning consultant to develop an Active Transportation Plan for the municipality.

https://planningpa.org/job-postings/township-of-north-fayette-seeking-active-transportation-plan/

The Township of North Fayette, in cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County (RAAC), is seeking a qualified transportation planning consultant to develop an Active Transportation Plan for the municipality. Learn more here.

Building Better Bus Stops Resource Guide is in draft and your comments are welcome http://ow.ly/B0jQ50CojOi
11/18/2020
Building Better Bus Stops Resource Guide: Comments Needed - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Building Better Bus Stops Resource Guide is in draft and your comments are welcome http://ow.ly/B0jQ50CojOi

All trips on transit buses begin and end at bus stops; making bus stops a vital connection between transit service and the communities served. Ensuring bus stops meet the needs of all riders, transit agencies, and the community is essential in providing quality, efficient transit service. Recognizin...

The Kent Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Delaware, is seeking applicants for the contr...
11/09/2020
Kent Conservation District Seeking Environmental Scientist II - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

The Kent Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Delaware, is seeking applicants for the contractual services position of an Environmental Scientist II with the Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy’s Climate & Sustainability Section with DNREC.
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The Kent Conservation District, a governmental subdivision of the State of Delaware, is seeking applicants for the contractual services position of an Environmental Scientist II with the Division of Climate, Coastal & Energy’s Climate & Sustainability Section with DNREC. This position serves as a ...

11/05/2020

Blair Planning is seeking a Strategic Planner. The Strategic Planner identifies projects and funding necessary to implement the long-range planning program for Blair County, and its constituent municipalities.
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ICYMI: A week ago @DCEDSecretary Davin recognized 10 communities & 8 individuals from across PA that have gone above & b...
11/02/2020
Wolf Administration Recognizes Recipients of 2020 Governor’s Awards for Local Government Excellence

ICYMI: A week ago @DCEDSecretary Davin recognized 10 communities & 8 individuals from across PA that have gone above & beyond in giving back to their communities & improving the quality of life for their residents. Congratulations! #PAProud http://ow.ly/cMFF50C4ZSn

Harrisburg, PA – On behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin today recognized municipalities

College Township, Centre County, PA is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to perform professional consulting se...
10/27/2020
Spring Creek Park Master Plan RFP - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

College Township, Centre County, PA is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to perform professional consulting services involving the development of a Master Site Plan for Spring Creek Park.
College Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania

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College Township, Centre County, PA is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to perform professional consulting services involving the development of a Master Site Plan for Spring Creek Park. For proposal submission instructions, requirement, evaluation criteria and sample contract, click here...

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Upper Allen Township Seeking Planning Technician. View details + apply: http://ow.ly/1dF550BZh0f
10/22/2020
Upper Allen Township Seeking Planning Technician - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Upper Allen Township Seeking Planning Technician. View details + apply: http://ow.ly/1dF550BZh0f

Upper Allen Township is seeking a full-time Planning Technician for the Community Development Department. Responsibilities include providing administrative and technical support for department operations, processing applications, and working closely with the public on planning, zoning, building, and...

10/22/2020

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program Second Round Opens TODAY. Click here to view details - http://ow.ly/TZCS50BSP1y

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Mackin Engineering Company Seeking Associate Project Manager - Community Planning. View details and ap...
10/22/2020
Mackin Engineering Company Seeking Associate Project Manager - Community Planning - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Mackin Engineering Company Seeking Associate Project Manager - Community Planning. View details and apply today - http://ow.ly/9ixx50BZgSC

This position is responsible for performing complex planning and land use work activities, managing portions of planning projects, providing planning support to other departments, and assisting with marketing activities. Additionally, the APM will provide necessary support to the Project Manager and...

Montgomery County Seeking Principal Transportation PlannerSUMMARY:  The Principal Transportation Planner will perform va...
10/19/2020
Montgomery County Seeking Principal Transportation Planner - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Montgomery County Seeking Principal Transportation Planner

SUMMARY: The Principal Transportation Planner will perform various professional transportation related tasks including project management of roadway improvement efforts; preparation of specialized transportation analysis; development of transportation plans; external coordination with DVRPC (regional MPO), transit agencies, and PENNDOT staff on various projects and regional transportation programs and policies; internal coordination with other county departments such as Assets and Infrastructure, and Parks, Trails and Historic Sites; review of land development or subdivision plans; and research into various planning policy and topics such as transportation funding, legislative mechanisms, nationally-accepted transportation design standards and multimodal transportation concepts. The employee in this position will attend and/or make presentations at various night meetings to local appointed and elected officials.

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Montgomery County, PA

SUMMARY: The Principal Transportation Planner will perform various professional transportation related tasks including project management of roadway improvement efforts; preparation of specialized transportation analysis; development of transportation plans; external coordination with DVRPC (regiona...

The City of Horace, North Dakota is currently accepting proposals from qualified firms with expertise in zoning for lead...
10/16/2020
RFP for New Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

The City of Horace, North Dakota is currently accepting proposals from qualified firms with expertise in zoning for leading a process resulting in the preparation of the new zoning and subdivision ordinance for the City.

All questions related to this RFP must be submitted in writing by email to the
project contact, Barrett Voigt, at [email protected].

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The City of Horace, North Dakota is currently accepting proposals from qualified firms with expertise in zoning for leading a process resulting in the preparation of the new zoning and subdivision ordinance for the City. Sealed proposals must be submitted to the City of Horace, 215 Park Drive Horace...

Thank you to University of Pennsylvania for sponsoring #APAPA20 next week. We’re thankful for your support!
10/16/2020

Thank you to University of Pennsylvania for sponsoring #APAPA20 next week. We’re thankful for your support!

10/14/2020

The HartBeat of Main Street Grant Program Second Round opens October 22. View details here: http://ow.ly/6kNc50BSP0n

Thank you to Port Authority of Allegheny County for advertising in #APAPA20. We are thankful for your support!
10/13/2020

Thank you to Port Authority of Allegheny County for advertising in #APAPA20. We are thankful for your support!

Thank you to Michael Baker International for being a SILVER sponsor for next week's #APAPA20!
10/12/2020

Thank you to Michael Baker International for being a SILVER sponsor for next week's #APAPA20!

APA National Community Planning MonthAs communities continue to navigate disruptive changes, planners are paving the way...
10/11/2020
APA National Community Planning Month - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

APA National Community Planning Month
As communities continue to navigate disruptive changes, planners are paving the way toward recovery. Through this year's National Community Planning Month theme, Planning Is Essential to Recovery, we are celebrating the role of planning and planners this October. We want to support you and your community toward an equitable and more resilient future. Join the conversation and share your story with #PlanningMonth.

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As communities continue to navigate disruptive changes, planners are paving the way toward recovery. Through this year’s National Community Planning Month theme, Planning Is Essential to Recovery, we are celebrating the role of planning and planners this October. We want to support you and your co...

Thank you to West Chester University, Department of Geography and Planning for being a Platinum #APAPA20 sponsor! Regist...
10/09/2020

Thank you to West Chester University, Department of Geography and Planning for being a Platinum #APAPA20 sponsor! Register for #APAPA20 on Oct 19-20: http://ow.ly/rGyV50BM814

#APAPA20 is rapidly approaching (Oct 19-20)! Are you registered? http://ow.ly/u0y250BM8Uh
10/08/2020
Program & Registration - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

#APAPA20 is rapidly approaching (Oct 19-20)! Are you registered? http://ow.ly/u0y250BM8Uh

When: October 19 & 20 Where: Virtual Monday, October 19, 2020 8:45a – 10:00a Welcome & Introductions Opening Keynote Session with Leo Vazquez 10:15a – 11:00a Concurrent Education Sessions A 11:15a – 12:00p Concurrent Education Sessions B 12:30 – 1:30p Concurrent Education Sessions C 1:45p .....

10/07/2020

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Eckley Miners' Village Museum Seeking Project Manager/Fundraiser. Apply today! http://ow.ly/ksr050BMwDb

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Happy 4th All! City of Cincinnati actively recruiting for the Zoning Division....read below SUPERVISING MANAGEMENT ANALYST The role B&I’s Supervising Management Analyst position is an exciting opportunity for an experienced zoning and development review professional looking to grow in management capacity and work on challenging development projects. The role will serve as the lead Zoning Plans Examiner and will assist in the management of our ZPE review team (4 staff members). In this capacity, you will review permits, coordinate larger projects, facilitate citizen inquiries and resolve interpretation challenges of behalf of the division. You will work closely with additional zoning division staff; Urban Conservator (historic preservation efforts), Development Manager (interdisciplinary review coordination and specialty programs), and Communications Manager (all departmental communication and public education efforts) to enhance division functionality and performance, and communicate the department’s vision, strategies and achievements, particularly with design professionals and applicants. You will assist in working intra-departmentally within B&I, collaborating with Building Plans Examination, enhancing zoning enforcement with Property Maintenance Code Enforcement inspectors and ensuring projects are permitted and implemented correctly with Customer Service and General Building Inspections. You will engage with partners (Law’s Administrative Hearing Division, City Planning Dept. and Community and Economic Development Dept.) in shared responsibility with legal proceedings, legislative processes and projects utilizing incentives. We, as a part of B&I, are: · Customer Service driven, with services designed to provide pre-planning support to applicants and a priority to enhance citizen understanding of development regulation. · Project Management driven, where staff work with applicants from inquiry to final permitting and assist in successful interagency review. · Performance Management driven, utilizing data analytics to enhance service delivery. · Continuous Improvement driven, where management has reformed, revised and reshaped policies and programs to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. A qualified candidate should demonstrate · Well-rounded experience in a local development regulatory environment · Comprehensive knowledge and application of zoning, design and site review principals and best practices · Proficiency to problem solve regulatory challenges · Collaborative can-do attitude with team members · Aptitude to innovate · Mindset of providing customer-centric solutions supporting the laws of the city. If this sounds like you, please apply by July 15, 2019 at the link: https://tinyurl.com/y25lsst8 . Minimum qualification and benefits details provided there.
Planner I Written Exam- Urgent Help Hello everyone, I have been invited to a written exam for a Planning Technician position. All I know about the format and the content of the exam is that it will be a multiple choice exam and the questions will be job-related. Two questions: Is the written exam invitation usually after some sort of screening or is it for every applicant that has applied for the job position? And, Where exactly can I learn basic knowledge of; (as mentioned in the job posting) municipal planning principles Principles, and practices of urban planning and development Planning terminology, methods, materials, practices, and techniques Applicable Federal, State, and Local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations. Please note, I have a BS in Architectural and Environmental Design and have gained academic experience in Urban Design through a Junior Level design studio where I've done research, site documentation and analysis to design different scenarios to engage analyzed strengths and opportunities while combating weaknesses and threats. I have minimum knowledge of urban design practices to incorporate in designing comprehensive master plans for an RFQ area such as; increasing density, diversity, and mix, pedestrians first, open space design, tackle street parking, etc. My request to gain basic knowledge in the above-mentioned question is in order to do my best and achieve a relatively high score on the exam. Any help/comments/guidance would be greatly appreciated.
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