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Do you love where you live? Apply to be a Citizen Planner!



The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) course teaches Philadelphians about city planning, zoning, and the development process.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 course, which will be on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm in center city, from October 11 - November 15.

who is the cpi course for?

Anyone who loves where they live!

Whether you’ve been involved in your neighborhood for years, or if you’re a new neighbor—if you want to make a difference in your community, CPI is for you! To date, 420 Philadelphians have participated, representing over 125 different neighborhoods.

what is city planning?

City planning creates a vision for how to improve housing, neighborhoods, jobs, transportation, and public space.

Plans make recommendations based on community input and on studies of existing properties, demographics, housing, and transit issues. They also identify how to turn the ideas in the plan into action.

What will I take away from the experience?

The CPI course provides practical tools individuals can take back to their neighborhood organizations and communities so they can engage in planning issues on equal footing with other stakeholders.

Not only will you learn from instructors who are leaders in the fields of planning, development, and community development, you will also be connected with the growing network of Citizen Planners across the City who are working on many of the same neighborhood challenges.

How do I apply?

Apply online on the CPI website. If you or someone you know requires a print application, call 215-683-4648. The deadline to apply is September 20th.


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