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.

10/05/2020

JOB OPPORTUNITY - City Of Reading, PA - Government Seeking Planner I. Listing will remain open until position is filled. Apply today: http://ow.ly/4VtZ50BKbqG

JOB OPPORTUNITY - City of Philadelphia Seeking Data Analyst. Deadline to apply is October 27. View job details: http://o...
09/30/2020
City of Philadelphia Seeking Data Analyst - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB OPPORTUNITY - City of Philadelphia Seeking Data Analyst. Deadline to apply is October 27. View job details: http://ow.ly/P5xY50BEOXH

This position reports to the City’s Senior Energy Management Analyst and collaborates with other members of the Energy Office, the Office of Sustainability (OOS), and additional partner departments and agencies. This is an opportunity to help solve complex problems, gain valuable experience in ene...

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Vision Together 2025 Seeking Executive Director. Application deadline is October 12: http://ow.ly/miw5...
09/29/2020
Vision Together 2025 Seeking Executive Director - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Vision Together 2025 Seeking Executive Director. Application deadline is October 12: http://ow.ly/miw550BDq6c

Community stakeholders in greater Johnstown are implementing a comprehensive strategy for renewal and growth. The approach began as a grassroots initiative in 2015 and has gained momentum over the ensuing five years with the readiness for a full-time Executive Director. It has evolved into mission d...

Pennsylvania Downtown Center Seeking RFQ for Concept Design Services. Deadline to submit is October 8 at 11:59 PM ET. ht...
09/28/2020
Pennsylvania Downtown Center Seeking RFQ for Concept Design Services - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Pennsylvania Downtown Center Seeking RFQ for Concept Design Services. Deadline to submit is October 8 at 11:59 PM ET. http://ow.ly/maWr50BDrmC

The Pennsylvania Downtown Center (PDC) is seeking expressions of interest from architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and other interested design professionals who would like to participate in a series of small-scale design projects related to the implementation of social distancing in hist...

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Somerset County Seeking Planner II. Apply today via online or mail: http://ow.ly/wanM50BDpdW
09/28/2020
Somerset County Seeking Planner II - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Somerset County Seeking Planner II. Apply today via online or mail: http://ow.ly/wanM50BDpdW

The Planner II – Land Development position is responsible for the administration of the land development process, including the interpretation and enforcement of the County’s Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and zoning ordinances. The Planner II performs work under the supervision of t...

Borough of North Catasauqua Seeking Proposals for Service for Professional Planning Document. Deadline is October 19 at ...
09/18/2020
Borough of North Catasauqua Seeking Proposals for Service for Professional Planning Document - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Borough of North Catasauqua Seeking Proposals for Service for Professional Planning Document. Deadline is October 19 at 2 PM local time: http://ow.ly/3LFW50Bu61n

The Borough of North Catasauqua is soliciting proposals for Services for Professional Planning for the North Catasauqua Borough Trail Connectivity Plan in accordance with this Request for Proposals (RFP). Attached is information relating to submitting a proposal including specific requirements, the....

JOB POSTING - Michael Baker International Seeking Senior Planner IV. Apply today: http://ow.ly/sn5D50Bozq5
09/14/2020
Michael Baker International Seeking Senior Planner IV - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB POSTING - Michael Baker International Seeking Senior Planner IV. Apply today: http://ow.ly/sn5D50Bozq5

Michael Baker International is seeking a Senior Planner – Community and Economic Development to play a key role in various technical planning throughout Pennsylvania and the nation. The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest in and working knowledge of land use, community and economic deve...

JOB POSTING - Cross County Connection TMA Seeking GIS Specialist. Application deadline is September 23: http://ow.ly/OlC...
09/11/2020
Cross County Connection TMA Seeking GIS Specialist - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

JOB POSTING - Cross County Connection TMA Seeking GIS Specialist. Application deadline is September 23: http://ow.ly/OlCU50Boj0l

Cross County Connection, a non-profit Transportation Management Association, located in Marlton, NJ, seeks a full time GIS Specialist. The need to fill the position is immediate. Cross County Connection is a non-profit organization that provides transportation planning-related services in New Jersey...

East Lampeter Township Seeking Branding and Corridor Signage Lincoln Highway Streetscape RFP: http://ow.ly/kBq750BlijB
09/08/2020
East Lampeter Township Seeking Branding and Corridor Signage Lincoln Highway Streetscape RFP - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

East Lampeter Township Seeking Branding and Corridor Signage Lincoln Highway Streetscape RFP: http://ow.ly/kBq750BlijB

The East Lampeter Industrial and Commercial Development Authority (ELICDA) is seeking proposals from qualified professionals who have proven experience with branding and signage plan projects. Submission Deadline One original, seven (7) complete copies and one digital PDF version of the proposal mus...

Today is the day! #GreatPlacesinPA nominations are due. Final call to let us know your great places (neighborhoods, publ...
08/31/2020

Today is the day! #GreatPlacesinPA nominations are due. Final call to let us know your great places (neighborhoods, public spaces) http://ow.ly/DBVf50BbO6F

A few hours remain to get your #GreatPlacesinPA nominations in. What’s your great neighborhood in PA? http://ow.ly/qkLk5...
08/31/2020

A few hours remain to get your #GreatPlacesinPA nominations in. What’s your great neighborhood in PA? http://ow.ly/qkLk50BbKao

What’s your great public place in PA? A few hours remain to nominate your #GreatPlacesinPA. Tell us!  http://ow.ly/wqIn5...
08/31/2020

What’s your great public place in PA? A few hours remain to nominate your #GreatPlacesinPA. Tell us! http://ow.ly/wqIn50BbKgF

Today is the day! #GreatPlacesinPA nominations are due. Final call to let us know your great places (neighborhoods, publ...
08/31/2020

Today is the day! #GreatPlacesinPA nominations are due. Final call to let us know your great places (neighborhoods, public spaces): http://ow.ly/1M8c50BbK3O

August 31 is the #GreatPlacesinPA deadline! Nominate your Great Places (Public Spaces, Neighborhoods). View criteria and...
08/28/2020

August 31 is the #GreatPlacesinPA deadline! Nominate your Great Places (Public Spaces, Neighborhoods). View criteria and get your nominations in 👇 http://ow.ly/UX1150BbHxG

Environmental Planning & Design, LLC is a confirmed advertiser for the virtual #APAPA20 program. We’ll work with your pr...
08/27/2020

Environmental Planning & Design, LLC is a confirmed advertiser for the virtual #APAPA20 program. We’ll work with your price range. View details and reach out today! Email: [email protected]

WEBINAR - Lawrence County Planning Commission "Green Infrastructure 101" on September 15. Register now! http://ow.ly/oQF...
08/27/2020

WEBINAR - Lawrence County Planning Commission "Green Infrastructure 101" on September 15. Register now! http://ow.ly/oQFE50BaGMJ

Public spaces include plazas, parks, greenways/trails, public commons, marketplaces, convention centers, monuments, and ...
08/27/2020

Public spaces include plazas, parks, greenways/trails, public commons, marketplaces, convention centers, monuments, and special areas within public or private buildings. Nominate #GreatPlacesinPA by 8/31: http://ow.ly/HyDJ50B9FEg

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08/26/2020

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#APAPA20 is virtual this year! Save the dates for October 19-20. Secure your sponsorship today: Platinum ($3K), Gold ($2...
08/26/2020

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08/26/2020

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08/25/2020

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What makes a great place? Somewhere enjoyable, safe, desirable, and well-maintained; unique, innovative, and vibrant. Do...
08/25/2020
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What makes a great place? Somewhere enjoyable, safe, desirable, and well-maintained; unique, innovative, and vibrant. Does a #PA place stand out? Nominate by 8/31! http://ow.ly/tKVA50B1Ofp

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is looking for Great Places in two categories: Great Public Spaces and Great Neighborhoods. Great Places are unique, memorable places that display community planning best practices, have an exemplary character, and a sustainable vision fo...

Pike County Seeking Pike County Trail Feasibility Study RFP. Sealed proposals due no later than September 25: http://ow....
08/25/2020
Pike County Seeking Pike County Trail Feasibility Study RFP - APA - Pennsylvania Chapter

Pike County Seeking Pike County Trail Feasibility Study RFP. Sealed proposals due no later than September 25: http://ow.ly/Ixhy50B8wTd

The Board of Commissioners of Pike County, Pennsylvania, is accepting proposals for a one-time contract to perform certain professional (consulting) services work for Pike County involving a Trail Feasibility Study. Proposal submission instructions, requirements, evaluation criteria, and sample cont...

08/24/2020
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Do you know #GreatPlacesinPA that are enjoyable, safe, desirable and well-maintained? Recognize them for this award. Nomination deadline is August 31. http://ow.ly/HCJB50APrL3

We are looking for #GreatPlacesinPA (Public Places/Neighborhood). Review the guidelines and submit by 8/31. (One week le...
08/24/2020

We are looking for #GreatPlacesinPA (Public Places/Neighborhood). Review the guidelines and submit by 8/31. (One week left!) http://ow.ly/LPB450B1P10

Nominate a Great Place in PA with great architectural features, accessibility and connectivity. Nominate a Great Place i...
08/21/2020

Nominate a Great Place in PA with great architectural features, accessibility and connectivity. Nominate a Great Place in PA that comes to your mind. Deadline to apply is August 31: http://ow.ly/GDzG50B1OBz

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08/21/2020

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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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