Fall Citizens Planning Institute classes announced

The Citizen’s Planning Institute (CPI) is a program designed to educate residents active in civic organizations, about planning, zoning, and development issues so that they can be more effective in their own communities. Applications will be accepted until Thursday, September 20th and can be found at the website.   

For the last two years, this grant-funded program has given 120 individuals the opportunity to attend classes and workshops taught by experts in the fields of sustainability, neighborhood and community development, zoning and other topics that students find of great value. After attending three classes, as well as electives and optional workshops, participants receive a “Certificate of Completion” as “citizens planners.” Many graduates are currently using their new skills and education to make improvements or plan for change in their community.  

During this fall application process, the CPI will select 30 students. The application, course descriptions and information about guest instructors are now posted on the CPI website. Since the City’s new zoning code is now being implemented, there are a number of speakers who will be educating the fall class about how the new code can enhance development in their neighborhood or commercial corridor.  

Classes, including a core curriculum and electives, will be held on Wednesday evenings (6-9pm), October 10 to November 14 in Center City. The core course of three sessions carries a fee of $30 total; the fee for each elective session is an additional $20. Buffet dinner is served at each session.  

The fall session is supported by funding from the  William Penn Foundation and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.  

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Carney at  donna.carney@phila.gov or 215-683-4640.

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