Community planning and municipal government involve a wide range of complex topics. No one is an expert in every topic or facet of planning, but it can be helpful to become more informed about these areas. Fortunately, there are a variety of resources available to help planning commission members and community leaders learn more about planning. A few of these resources are listed below, and you are encouraged to explore this website, which is full of information about planning in Chester County.

Master Planning Program

The Master Planning Program, which consists of three courses run by CCPC in conjunction with West Chester University and Chester County 2020, provides comprehensive classroom planning courses for new municipal officials. Learn More

Planning Guides from the State

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has a variety of educational materials for local officials. Their 10 volume Planning Series is particularly useful, and they also publish current copies of the state enabling legislation that governs planning, the Municipalities Planning Code. View Publciations

Planning Conferences and Training from State Planning Association

The PA Chapter of the American Planning Association provides training for both volunteer and professional planners through its annual conference and other specialized events. Visit Website

The chapter has also created a video that provides planning commissioners with an overview of what planning commissions do and where they fit in their city, borough, township or county government. The basic tools of comprehensive planning, subdivision and land development regulation, and zoning are described. View Video

The southeast section of the Chapter also holds training events for planners. Visit Website

Local Training from Township Association

The Chester County Association of Township Officials (CCATO) holds two conferences a year plus special training events throughout the year. Many of these training opportunities focus on planning issues. Visit Website

Training from Conservancies

Chester County has many conservancies working diligently to preserve the character of the county, and many of these conservancies hold special presentations and training on planning issues. View List of Conservancies

Webinars from Borough's Association

The PA Association of Boroughs hosts webinars on a variety of topics related to planning. Visit Website

Planner's Forums

Twice a year, CCPC holds training sessions for professional planners in Chester County. Presentations from past planner's forums are available below: