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City of Philadelphia

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.

Want to learn about planning, zoning, and development in Philadelphia?  Sign-up to receive email notification for when applications open next

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings in Center City. The cost of the entire course is $100 (scholarships available) and dinner is provided.

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

Contact: or 215-683-4648 or sign up to be notified about future courses.

“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