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Can a Planning Board Be Too Organized?

…belies common sense, you may be undermining the key functions of a planning commission: to discuss and debate important land use issues and make informed decisions. Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning…

On Commitment

On Commitment

…it when we see it. More importantly, we should realize that at least some level of commitment is important to a well functioning planning commission that serves its community well. Elaine Cogan, founding principal of…

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Planning Boards Survive a Decade of Change

…find themselves enriched. End of excerpt — Article continues with a look at: Dilution of the “Good Old Boys” Network Professionalism of planners. Rules! rules! rules! Litigation. Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon…

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Lessons from the Oregon Experience

…End of excerpt Elaine Cogan, founding principal of the Portland, Oregon planning and communications firm of Cogan Owens Cogan , has consulted for more than 36 years with communities undertaking strategic planning and visioning processes….