Tired of our talking about those bad apples who serve on planning commissions? In today’s column we offer some balance — with a look at commissioners who deserve your appleause.
How interested are young adults in local planning issues? And what advice would you give someone interested in serving on a planning board?
We asked our participants if there was anything that surprised them after joining their planning commission, and what challenges they faced in taking the time to serve.
Don’t just sweep a Bad Apple’s behavior under the rug. It’s important to keep in mind the pernicious impact that tolerating unethical behavior has both on the planning commission and on the community.
How planning commissioners can be more effective problem solvers in dealing with the challenging issues they face.
Planning commissioners and elected officials often need have awkward and difficult discussions about land use issues. It is essential that decision makers candidly express their thoughts and ideas to planning staff.
Local governments that are not actively engaged in listening and adapting their services to meet the needs and expectations of their customers and citizens are setting themselves up for disappointment and failure.
There are some simple things you can do to help keep your plan or ordinance from hitting a brick wall at the end of the line. Here’s our Top Ten List of strategies that planning commissioners can use to build momentum for plan or ordinance adoption.
Jim Segedy and Lisa Hollingsworh-Segedy on what planning commissioners can do when faced with an “unadoptable” plan or ordinance — including having a “Plan B” strategy.
As commissioners we are a diverse group with a multitude of interests. We bring our unique perspective to the table — and this is a good thing, for commissioners are not in place to be rubber stamps for the interests of others.
Our series wraps up, as our seven participants point to ways of strengthening the relationship between staff planners and planning commissioners.
Today, suggestions for staff planners — based on our participants’ experience as planning commissioners.
Our series continues, as we ask our seven planners what advice they’d give to planning commissioners — based on their experience as staff planners.