Upcoming Webinars


Please note that many of the webinars publicized on this page are of interest to our local planning community but are not hosted by Lancaster County Planning. Unless stated otherwise, credits and registration are the responsibility of individual attendees. Topics of webinars do not necessarily reflect the views of Lancaster County Planning or the County of Lancaster.

Webinars Week of May 16

How Do Agricultural Practices Relate to Planning in Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:00 – 1:15 PM EDT

1.25 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits /$50

This webinar will address the various ways by which agriculture is addressed in the MPC. Included in this discussion will be an overview of the history of agriculture in Pennsylvania and what it is expected to look like in the future, regarding practices, technology, and workforce.

 This webinar will be shown free of charge by LCPD. To register on Eventbrite click here.


Utility Scale Solar Energy: Considerations and Impacts

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences


Wednesday, May 18, 2022 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

No Credits / Free

Dean Rick Roush will be joined by Tom Murphy, Director of Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, for a discussion on utility scale solar energy development in Pennsylvania.  They will address landowner issues related to leasing options, current legislative initiatives, and how their organizations are collaborating to collectively inform stakeholders as this emerging type of energy production expands rapidly in the Commonwealth and beyond.


 The One Water Approach and How It Benefits the Bay

Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration


Thursday, May 19, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), aka. the “One Water” approach, has been embraced by APA as a best practice. Clean water goals have a strong connection to the One Water approach. This webinar will present local planning jurisdictions that have taken a One Water approach in ways that minimize environmental impacts and maximize achievement of social and economic goals.


 Planning for Healthier Communities: Consider a Nurse

American Planning Association / Florida Chapter


Friday, May 20,  2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

AARP Florida, APA Florida and the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOB) are working together to pilot a new project to build healthier communities across Florida.  The goal is to link the health planning perspective through the volunteer citizen participation of practicing nurses in the local planning processes. To achieve this,  AARP Florida and NOB are working with APA Florida to highlight the value that nurses can bring to local decisions and  to identify local government boards and committees that could benefit from the special skills and perspective that nurses bring to create opportunities for healthy planning in communities.

Webinar Week of May 2

Environmental Justice Overview & Pennsylvania’s Draft Environmental Justice Policy

American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, May 4, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM

1.0 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free for Chapter Members, $20 Non-Members

After this session, participants will be able to:

Define environmental justice, equity, and equality.

Know some key precedents around the environmental justice movement nationally and in Pennsylvania.

Learn the scientific basis of disproportionate impacts facing communities.

Know about the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Environmental Justice Policy revision and how to comment.

Webinars Week of April 25

Creating Transportation Equity from the Ground Up

Smart Growth Network and Maryland Department of Planning


Wednesday, April 27, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

1.5 AICP CM and 1.0 Equity CM  and 1.5 LA CES PDH credits / Free

Join the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, April 27, as Alison Sant, author of From the Ground Up: Local Efforts to Create Resilient Cities, Tracey Capers of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in New York City, and Ashwat Narayanan of Our Streets Minneapolis identify how to serve under-resourced communities through investments in walking, cycling, and public transportation.


Residential Real Estate and Rail-Trails: An On-the-Ground Reality

American Trails


Thursday, April 28, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH credits / Free

In this session you’ll learn about the on the ground reality of getting places, neighborhoods, and communities to “YES” on the idea of a trail. AND you’ll learn the conversations and experiences of house sales near to rail trails.


Farmland Preservation Programs and Techniques in Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension


Thursday, April 28, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 pm EDT

No Credits / Free

Agriculture has historically been, and remains, an integral part of Pennsylvania’s landscape, economy, and culture. Relative to the continuation of the agricultural industry, farmland preservation is a topic of interest across the Commonwealth. Farmland Preservation Programs and Techniques in Pennsylvania will detail what is available to landowners and elected officials to aid in the preservation of farmland.

Webinars Week of April 18

NRCS and USDA RD:  What You Should Know

Penn State Cooperative Extension


Wednesday, April 20, 2022 12:00 – 1:15 PM

1.25 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / $50

This webinar will be shown free of charge by LCPD. To register on Eventbrite click here.



Penn State College of Ag Sciences


Wednesday, April 20, 2022 1:00 – 2:00 PM

No Credits / Free


How to Leverage Conservation, Open Space and Parks Funding to Maximize Multiple Benefits

Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration / Planning for Clean Water Webinar Series


Thursday, April 21, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 PM

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Webinars Week of April 11

Right of Way: Addressing the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America

Smart Growth Network


Tuesday, April 12, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

The number of pedestrian deaths has been rising in recent years.  What can communities do to turn this around? Join the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 12, as Angie Schmitt, author of the book, Right of Way, explains why many pedestrian deaths are avoidable and what communities can do to reframe the problem, make improvements, and help to save lives.


Revitalizing Rural Economies and Strengthening Main Streets Through Trails

American Trails


Thursday, April 14, 2022 1:00 -- 2:00 PM EDT

No Credit / Free

This webinar will discuss the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities (RERC) program, and hear from one of ten community partners who received RERC assistance in its pilot round in 2021.

Webinars Week of March 28

Effective Conservation: Parks, Rewilding, and Local Development

Smart Growth Network


Thursday, March 31, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Ignacio Jiménez has managed conservation projects on three continents over 30 years, pioneering an approach to conservation he calls “Full Nature” that seeks to integrate the ecological health of a region with the health of human communities. Join the Smart Growth Network at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, March 31, as Jiménez explains how rewilding techniques can preserve endangered species and protect communities by promoting fully functional natural landscapes that are tied to the basic needs of the communities in their midst.


Approaches to Design Review: Improving the Process and Collaborative Efforts

American Planning Association / Illinois Chapter


Friday, April 1, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits /Free

Join us for a webcast hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), where attendees will learn how design review is handled in communities to further improve the quality of the built environment and public realm. Hear about examples from experts in the field on effective ways to direct the quality and character of development in suburban and urban communities.


Pennsylvania Conservation Landscapes: A Story of Success at Scale

Living Landscape Observer


Friday, April 1, 2022 1:00 – 1:45 PM EDT

No Credit / Free

Join the Living Landscape Observer for a conversation with Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Leading the discussion will be Ernest Cook, Director of the Network for Landscape Conservation. The program will focus on Pennsylvania's innovative Conservation Landscape program.

Webinar Week of March 21

Digital Planning in a Digital World

American Planning Association / Technology Division


Friday, March 25, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM Credits / Free

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the existing movement to digital systems in the planning process. While often a mercurial aspect of planning management, this topic has real world impacts on how the public engages with planners, the soft costs of permitting and design, and the pace at which planning systems can respond to changing conditions. This webcast features planning stories where cities have worked to make their backend (permitting, plan review) and frontend (comprehensive plans, maps) more accessible, engaging, and transparent through digitalization. The City of Gainesville will present its ePlanReview process, the story of how it was created, lessons learned, and planned improvements. Finally, the presentation ends with the City of Burlingame's presentation of its completely online and digital General Plan, featured as a top website on planning news sites for 2021.

Webinars Week of March 14

On the Park Bench—Incremental Development: A movement

Congress for the New Urbanism


Tuesday, March 15, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

  1. AICP and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Join Incremental Development Alliance Executive Director Sherry Early and IncDev faculty members Ryan Terry, Matthew Petty, and Joel Dixon to discuss how to cultivate new talent in the development ecosystem and inspire more confidence in locals who have hesitated to invest—creating a diverse and inclusive coalition of developers.


Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

Penn State Extension


Wednesday, March 16, 2022 12:00 – 1:15 PM EDT

1.25 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / $50

During this session, we will discuss CPTED concepts, planning and engagement process, and hear successful case studies. By using CPTED concepts and making changes to the built environment that will prevent property and violent crime, a community will be better positioned to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, while addressing social, racial, and economic inequalities.


This webinar will be shown free of charge by LCPD. To register on Eventbrite click here.


Building a Foundation for Safety Through Complete Streets: Moving From Policy to Implementation

Federal Highway Administration


Wednesday, March 16, 2022 3:30 – 5:00 PM EDT

No Credits / Free

FHWA is excited to announce a new webinar series to build a foundation for safety through Complete Streets.  The first webinar will help agencies move  their Complete Streets policies to implementation. Panelists will share perspectives on data collection, analysis, and evaluation methods to successfully plan, select, prioritize , and implement Complete Streets projects.  

Webinars Week of March 7

City Planning to Reduce GHG Emissions and Enhance Resilience

American Planning Association / International Division


Wednesday, March 9, 2022 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH / Free

Using examples from communities Boswell and Greve, authors of a leading text on Climate Action Planning, have worked with, as well as innovate approaches from around the world, they will show how urban planners are implementing locally-appropriate solutions for land use, transportation, hazard mitigation, economic development, and municipal finance. They will also suggest how planners can best work with elected officials and other stakeholders to build support for climate-based decisions.  This session will furnish the Sustainability & Resilience 1.0 CM credit.


Mobility Hubs 2.0: Lessons and Learnings from Pittsburgh and Columbus

Urbanism Next / University of Oregon


Wednesday, March 9, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

No credit / Free

For Mobility Hubs 2.0, we are bringing together experts from Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH who have implemented hubs in their cities to discuss their lessons learned, understand what has worked, what hasn’t, and the next steps they are planning to make their mobility hubs even better.


Mitigation Basics for Planners

American Planning Association / Sustainable Communities Division


Friday, March 11, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 PM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH / Free

Planners are uniquely positioned to influence the mitigation of climate risk in the communities they serve. The first session will introduce the concept, challenges and best practices of climate mitigation planning. Setting the stage with a brief primer about current climate science, the panelists will explore how mitigation can be achieved through a variety of planning contexts and provide case studies to exemplify both challenges and success in this field.

Webinar Week of February 28

Responding to Climate Change

American Planning Association / ENRE Division


Wednesday, March 2, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES Credits / 1.0 Sustainability and Resilience Credit / Free

The Responding to Climate Change webinar will include three presentations on the topics of green infrastructure, hazard mitigation planning, and wildfire hazard mitigation strategies.

Webinars Week of February 21

Wetlands and Better Water Quality Futures

Penn State Extension


Wednesday, February 23, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

No Credits / Free

will discuss the importance of a landscape-scale approach to wetland restoration and protection, and will provide a broad context for thinking about the effects of wetlands on water quality.

If It Ain’t Broke… It Still Needs Maintenance: How to Effectively Maintain Blue/Green Infrastructure

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Water Resource Center


Thursday, February 24, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST

No Credits / Free

As communities implement individual BGI projects or large-scale programs with multiple projects, they face numerous challenges, of the most significant of which is how to integrate new and presumably different maintenance protocols into their existing maintenance programs and operating budgets. This webinar will inform stormwater program managers, governments, community organizations and even design professionals about the numerous tools, strategies, and lessons learned from other communities that have implemented successful BGI O&M programs or projects, including Lancaster, PA, Syracuse, NY, Cincinnati, OH, Milwaukee, WI, San Francisco, CA, and Atlanta, GA.

Webinars Week of February 14

COVID-19 & Residential Property Sales in Rural Pennsylvania

Penn State Extension


Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. EST

1.25 AICP CM and LA CES credits / $50

We will present the findings of the Center for Rural PA pertaining to how COVID-19 affected residential property sales in PA, which include out-of-state property owners, and the implications for those counties that experienced increased residential property sales. Eric Koopman will discuss how residential sales have increased in both number and value as has been seen in other areas of Eastern PA making relocation from metropolitan areas an attractive option. In Monroe County according to the recent Census and local school enrollment data, the resident population has actually decreased. The short-term rental market in Monroe County will also be discussed


LCP will host this webinar for free in-person viewing. Click here for the Eventbrite registration link.


Chesapeake Bay Webinar Series, Plan Integration for Resilience And Equity

Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration


Thursday, February 17, 2022 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES credits / Free

Planners have a number of plans for which they are responsible. Two factors, climate resilience and equity, are top-of-mind as we try and integrate planning strategies to provide multiple benefits. The webinar would explore examples of successful plan integration and their relation to building in more resilient approaches to local decision-making.


Climate Science & Planning - The Basics

Special Series: APA Sustainability & Resilience Webinar Series

American Planning Association / Sustainable Communities Division


Friday, February 18, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST

1.5 AICP CM (1.0 SR - Sustainability and Resilience) and LA CES credits / Free

This webinar will provide a concise overview of changing climate conditions and their impact on current planning practice. Matt Bucchin, AICP and LEED Green Associate, Director of Planning with Halff Associates, and Rachel Riley, Director of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program at the University of Oklahoma, will instruct participants on key concepts in the science of climate, the measurable impacts of climate on communities today, the best forecasts for how climate will affect the form and livability of communities in the future, as well as the effective tools that planners can employ to better prepare communities.

Webinars Week of January 31

Climate Change Planning for Vulnerable Neighborhoods

American Planning Association/Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, February 2, 2022 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

1.0 AICP CM Sustainability/Resilience credit and 1.0 LA CES PDH credit / Free

We will introduce the county-wide climate change vulnerability assessment as well as other hazard mitigation-related projects undertaken by the Montgomery County Planning Commission. In 2020-2021, the Planning Commission utilized free public information to identify neighborhoods which will likely face increased challenges due to climate change. To ensure regional consistency, we completed this study with assistance from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission as they worked on a complementary regional heat island project.


From Complete Streets to Complete Networks: A Data-Driven, Performance-Based, Multimodal Planning Tool

Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network


Thursday, February 3, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH credits

Join the Maryland Department of Planning and Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 3, as planners from the Michigan Department of Transportation and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments share a set of tools – one GIS tool for the network analysis and another for analyzing the multimodal performance of individual streets – they have built to evolve the state of the practice for complete streets planning and design.


4 Quick Zoning Code Reforms for a Strong Town

Strong Towns


Thursday, February 3, 2022 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST

1.0 AICP CM and LA CES PDH credits / $25

In this event, Strong Towns Senior Editor Daniel Herriges will share four zoning code reforms that you can act on immediately, and which will dramatically unlock potential for prosperity in your city. Then Hazel Borys, engineer and president of the planning firm Placemakers, will share from her wealth of knowledge about the power of zoning changes to strengthen your city and make way for the types of development that benefit everyone, instead of bankrupting your community.


Responding to Climate Change

American Planning Association/ENRE Division


Friday, February 4, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH credits

The Responding to Climate Change webinar will include three presentations on the topics of green infrastructure, hazard mitigation planning, and wildfire hazard mitigation strategies.

Webinar Week of January 17

Traditional Neighborhood Development:  Planning Walkable and Connected Communities

Penn State Extension

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 12:00 – 1:15 PM


1.25 AICP CM and LACES PDH Credits

A discussion on TND under the auspices of the PA Municipalities Code and learn how TND has occurred in Chester County. Several developments have incorporated TND characteristics, many took a hybrid approach that combines some conventional design techniques. Some nuances of these developments and the tools we use will be highlighted.


This webinar will be hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department. Visit the Eventbrite page to register.

Webinars Week of November 15

Tactical Urbanism, Placemaking, & More: Tools for Taking Action to Implement Your Best Made Plans

Penn State Extension


Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:00 – 1:15 PM EST

1.25 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / $50

This webinar describes how some Pennsylvania builders, local and county officials, and the development community took volunteer-driven “Tactical Urbanism” and “Placemaking” revitalization and community engagement tactics to the next level by implementing long-term, transformative strategic investments into community infrastructure improvement and entrepreneurial business development.


This webinar will be hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department for group viewing. Click here to register.



How GIS Can Be Used to Save the Places We Love

American Trails


Thursday, November 18, 2021 1:00 -2:00 PM EST

1.0 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credit / Free / Donation

Join this webinar to learn more about strategies to bring the power of GIS to create a more equitable park and greenway system.



Plagiarism & Ethics – Where to Draw the Line

American Planning Association / Kansas Chapter


Wednesday, November 17, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Planners’ work is done in service to the public, and often their work becomes part of the public domain. Does that mean planners can copy and paste from publicly available work done by others? When does copying and pasting become unprofessional and even unethical? Where to draw that line is difficult to determine. Get guidance from the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and from the ways in which academia views plagiarism.



Planning for Innovation in Transportation

American Planning Association / Transportation Planning Division


Friday, November 19, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

The Transportation Planning Division (TPD) presents a session that will demonstrate the variation in, and breadth of the impact of, innovation in transportation.

Webinars Week of November 8

Growing Water Smart: Techniques to Integrate Water Resiliency into Land Use Planning

American Planning Association / Arizona Chapter


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

1.5 AICP CM and LACES PDH Credits

Integrating water resource management into land use plans and policies is a key technique to curb water demand in growing communities. In this session Sonoran Institute will introduce attendees to the range of opportunities to achieve water conservation and efficiency in new development and redevelopment by integrating water resources management into land use planning processes. The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy will provide their recommendations for successful integrating water into comprehensive plans. Water resources providers and land use planners will share insights from their efforts to work collaboratively with other agencies to achieve water-smart growth. 


Harnessing Housing as the New Engine for Downtown Renaissance

International Downtown Association


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

1.0 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credit

The game has changed—housing is now THE opportunity for growth in our downtowns. The COVID-19 pandemic has hastened the trend toward hybrid work models, meaning that attracting jobs no longer means only developing office space, but rather a new balance of uses. Meanwhile, shifting demographics are also contributing to an emerging, unprecedented, demand for urban housing. Join us to learn how to leverage these trends to strengthen downtown’s knowledge economy, build demand for retail and other amenities, launch a new generation of downtown public realm, and strengthen downtown as their region’s common ground and primary generator for economic opportunity and equity.

Webinar Week of November 1

The Impact of COVID-19 on School Districts

American Planning Association / Pennsylvania Chapter


Friday, November 5, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

Webinar investigates the critical intersection of schools with communities, where boundary lines have increasingly blurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will address the question of universal access to WiFi and broadband, online learning's implications for more flexible and customizable instructional models, and the role of schools—and school facilities—as community resource hubs. Both innovation opportunities and dire warnings will be considered as a full school year of pandemic-impacted schooling wraps up. The long-term impacts of COVID-19 on school districts and potential impact of communities will also be addressed.

Webinar Week of October 25

Affordable, Scalable, and Equitable – Incentivizing Sustainability in Multifamily Housing

Urban Land Institute / Philadelphia Chapter/ Young Leaders Group and Housing Council


Thursday, October 28, 2021 8:30 - 10:00 AM

No Credits / $15 - $35

The vitality and diversity of the multifamily housing market are its strengths but have also slowed our pursuit of sustainability and resiliency. This panel discussion captures the perspective of industry stakeholders in order to address these challenges, identify potential solutions, and define how we can effectively incentivize multifamily development to be sustainable, affordable, scalable, and equitable for all.

Webinars Week of October 18

So, You Want Agriculture in Your Community — Have You Heard of PA Farm Link?

Penn State Extension / American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00 – 1:15 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / $50

Many communities choose to prioritize agriculture in community land use. Pennsylvania Farm Link, a nonprofit group dedicated to connecting farmers and landowners in Pennsylvania, can help. As beginning farmers seek land opportunities — both traditional transition from older farmers as well as “creative farming opportunities” — the process is important to the success of communities. PA Farm Link and the land/farmer online database are ‘tools’ to help potential new farmers in municipalities. The database provides opportunities for landowners and/or people looking for farmland — through buying or renting — to find multiple listings from across the state.

 This webinar will be hosted by the Lancaster County Planning Department. Click here to register on EventBrite.



Local Strategies for Equitable and Sustainable Transit Oriented Development

Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network


Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

For almost two decades, the Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative has worked with its partners in southwest Boston to make housing more affordable, improve access to quality public transit, expand open space and create vibrant public places for active living, through initiatives tied to Transit Oriented Development. Representatives of these organizations share what has worked well, what could have been done differently, and what work is still needed to make these neighborhoods healthier and more equitable.


Road Usage Charging and the Future of Transportation Funding

American Planning Association / Transportation Planning Division


October 22, 2021 1:00 -- 2:30 PM EDT

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits / Free

This session will explore public education, outreach, policy development, and technical advances in RUC through the eyes of the two states that have conducted the country’s largest per-capita Road Use Charging pilots: Washington and Hawaii.

Webinars Week of October 11

The Health Benefits of Active Transportation

American Planning Association / Florida Chapter


October 15, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

1.5 AICP CM and LA CES PDH Credits

This session will focus on the health benefits of active transportation (walking and bicycling). In addition to providing relevant health data and statistics, Mr. Jackman will discuss regional and statewide efforts such as WalkWise Tampa Bay, Safe Routes to Schools, and Healthy Communities.