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Citizens Planning Institute

The Citizens Planning Institute’s mission is to empower citizens to take a more effective and active role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and of Philadelphia, through a greater understanding of city planning and the steps involved in development projects.

To learn more and get involved visit Citizens Planning Institute

Apply NOW for Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) Spring Classes!
Want to learn all about the nuts and bolts of planning, zoning, and development in Philly? Become a more engaged citizen and apply to be part of the Citizens Planning Institute's spring session.

Applications are being accepted from now until March 26 for the spring session running April 9 - May 21. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm in Center City. To earn a Certificate of Completion as a Citizen Planner, participants must take a “core” course- consisting of three sessions plus 2 of 3 “elective” sessions, and complete a course project. This session’s electives will focus on riverfront development and advocacy, data-driven planning, and park stewardship and green infrastructure.
Course fee includes buffet dinner.

The Citizens Planning Institute is a program of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

Contact: CPI Director

“CPI demystifies the process of planning by pointing you to the resources necessary to make changes in your neighborhood. Whether you are a seasoned neighborhood leader or a new resident eager to be more active in the community, CPI will help you in envisioning the necessary steps to create and follow through on a plan.” –Fall 2013 participant