Pennsylvania Planning Toolbox

Academic Standards

Pennsylvania Planning Toolbox

Pennsylvania Planning Toolbox includes two activities:

Activity 1: The Planning Toolbox »
Activity 2: A Comprehensive Plan for Keystone Township »

The following activities provide a broad overview of four key components described in the Municipalities Planning Code (MPC). Discussions focus on the role of citizen leadership in making planning decisions on a local level. The activities challenge participants to learn about the tools that can be used by municipalities to help define future growth and land use. Participants will apply their knowledge as they take on the role of community members and develop a comprehensive plan for their community.

Standard Categories

  • Environment and Ecology
  • Civics and Government
  • Geography

Standard Statements

4.8 Humans and the Environment
4.9 Environmental Laws and Regulations
5.3 How Government Works
7.3 Human Characteristics of Places and Regions

Content Objectives

  • Explain how people use land resources and how their activities affect local/regional environments
  • Research and explain the role of four planning tools
  • Analyze the major components of a comprehensive plan and why it is an important tool
  • Analyze five planning concepts included in the Municipalities Planning Code
  • Identify at least three tools which aid municipalities in dealing collectively with land use issues and how they affect citizens' lives

Instructional Strategies

  • Analysis
  • Compare and Contrast
  • Discussion
  • Lecture
  • Listening
  • Map Reading
  • Organizing
  • Reading Research
  • Small Group Work

Assessment Strategies

  • Develop presentations that include recommendations for a comprehensive plan based on a given scenario

Time Required

  • 1.25 hours per each activity

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