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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 the Citizens Planning Institute website.

The application period for Spring 2017 closes on March 22nd. Sign up to be notified when applications are available for the Fall 2017 course!

Want to learn all about the nuts and bolts of planning, zoning, and development in Philly? Become a more engaged citizen and apply to become a Citizen Planner.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings in Center City. Course fee includes buffet dinner.

More information on the Citizens Planning Institute website.

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

Contact: or 215-683-4648

“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 leSign up to be notifiedader 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