The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s (PCPC) official public education and outreach arm. Founded in 2010, the institute is dedicated to educating individuals and leaders of community organizations who are highly motivated to shape the future of their communities. CPI educates Citizen Planners in community assets, zoning, planning, and development, so they can share this information with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. As civic engagement is gaining momentum throughout the country, CPI assists the city of Philadelphia with its newly adopted “integrated planning and zoning process” which won an American Planning Association national award for “Excellence in Best Practice”.
The Citizen Planner program consists of three core courses, two electives, and a course project. Participants that complete the program will earn a Certificate of Completion as a “Citizen Planner” of Philadelphia. Core course instructors are professionals in the planning industry and include city planners, AIA members, and other members of City government. Surrounded by a diverse cross-section of peers, the program encourages interaction and collaboration amongst peers. The structure of the course, presentations followed by interactive projects, allows participants to instantly apply new knowledge while uncovering challenges that might arise when these ideas are implemented in their communities.
Applications for Spring session are being accepted from now until March 27. Beginning April 15 and ending May 27, classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm in Center City. The core course of three sessions - held April 15, 22, and 29 - costs $50 and includes buffet dinner. Each elective session costs $25 (May 6, 13, and 20). The program is limited to 30 applicants and is generally limited to one person from any one community organization.
For more information, contact Donna J. Carney, Director, Citizens Planning Institute, at 215-683-4640 or [email protected].