Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the education and outreach arm of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.
CPI’s main programming is a seven-week course that empowers 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. The course includes six evening classes: three introductory classes on planning issues and principles, land use and zoning, and the development process; and three electives, the topics for which change every session.
The course runs every Spring and Fall.
Each participant is also required to complete a final project in order to earn their Certificate of Completion as a Philadelphia Citizen Planner, which they receive at a public ceremony.
CPI is for any Philadelphian who loves where they live! If you want to make a difference in your community, CPI is for you!
Apply online on the CPI website. We receive over 100 applications for only 30 available spots. If you need a print application, call the number below.