Session One: The BIG Picture – Planning in the City
April 15, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit 1: What is Planning?
Everyone is a planner- in the sense that we all prepare for the future. Learn the tools and principles city planners use to assess current conditions, chart a future vision, and get things done. At a city planning level, you will learn about the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and its staff, the role it plays, and how other city agencies work with it. You will get an overview of the citywide comprehensive vision- Philadelphia 2035 (adopted in 2011) and how citizens are…
Session Two: Land Use and Zoning
April 22, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit 1: Zoning & Citizen Involvement. Learn about the elements in the code that help preserve neighborhood character and the procedures for input by civic organizations on proposed development. A small group exercise will help you gain an appreciation for other points of view, an important perspective for neighborhood leaders.
Kiki Bolender, AIA, LEEP AP, Bolender Architects, Philadelphia; Chair, Design Advocacy Group
Unit 2: The Zoning Code. Understand the reasons why zoning has evolved as an important tool of planning. Zoning regulates land uses and the type, size, and height of…
Session Three: The Development Process – Nuts & Bolts
April 29, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit 1: The Development Process – the Private Side. John will help you sympathize with developers as he outlines the multiple elements of the development process in an easy to understand way. You’ll learn the steps to get projects built and the financial constraints all developers face. The roles of various stakeholders impacting development will be discussed through both small-scale and large-scale perspectives. Our special guest speaker will provide an overview of the rapidly changing landscape of development in Philadelphia.
John Mondlak, Senior Director of Real Estate…
Elective 1: Climate Change Preparedness
May 6, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit One: What does Climate Change Mean for Philadelphia?
Discussions of climate change are often focused on long-term, global problems, but these changes will have big consequences here in Philadelphia. Learn why climate scientists are projecting that Philadelphia will be hotter and wetter in the future and how you can be involved in adapting for these changes. Preparing yourself, engaging your community, and advocating for policymakers to consider climate in their decisions will help make sure neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia continue to improve, even as the weather changes.
Sarah Wu, Deputy Director for…
Elective 2: The Land Bank & Community Access
May 13, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit 1: The Philadelphia Land Bank
Philadelphia became the largest American city to establish a municipal land bank last December. The land bank represents a significant attempt to fix a broken vacant property process- with an end goal of putting thousands of vacant, underused, blighted and delinquent properties to new uses. Now comes the hard work of implementation- developing policies, transferring properties into the Land Bank from various city agencies, and making sure the process includes another way for communities to have a voice in decisions about vacant…
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Elective 3: Equitable Development
May 20, Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm
Unit One: Equitable Development Strategies
While some areas of Philadelphia are booming, far too many Philadelphians live in communities plagued with vacant properties, poor housing conditions and a lack of economic opportunities. “Equitable development” is an approach to creating healthy, vibrant communities of opportunity for everyone. In this unit, learn about specific strategies that cities across the country have used to achieve three equitable development goals in changing neighborhoods: 1) Help existing residents and businesses to remain in place and capture the benefits of development and investment; 2) Reduce the social…