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The Nature of Planning

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It is probably safe to assume that most planning commissioners relish the challenges incumbent with their office. Zeal, vigor, and tenacity are adjectives I use to describe the performance of planning commissioners I have observed in Virginia and elsewhere.

Commitment to task and a willingness to work hard are admirable traits; however, they will be of little value if a planning commission fails to understand or grasp the larger context within which it operates.

Viewed in isolation, what does the term planning mean to you? I like to start my planning commission training sessions with this very question because it is so fundamental -- and because responses to it say much about the training participants, their experience and their perspective.

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