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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.

Apply NOW to become a Citizen Planner! 

Want to learn all about the nuts and bolts of planning, zoning, and development in Philly? Become a more engaged citizen and apply for the Fall 2016 course.

Applications are being accepted through September 19, 2016. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings October 5 - November 16 from 6-9pm in Center City. Course fee includes buffet dinner.

Special topics this Fall include Community Engagement 101; Preserving Historic Resources; and Filling the Fridge: Gardens, supermarkets & pantries in your neighborhood.

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 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