If there were one thing that would most improve the effectiveness of your community’ planning commission, what would that be?
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We hear back from our survey respondents with ideas on how to strengthen the relationship between the planning commission and governing body.
What are the most important things a planning commission or planning staff can do in order to hold an effective public meeting or hearing? Results from our survey.
We asked our survey respondents a series of short “yes” / “no” questions on questions relating to what we’d call planning commission “dynamics.”
In her final column after a 23 year stint writing for the Planning Commissioners Journal and PlannersWeb, Elaine Cogan takes a look back … and forward … at what’s changed, and what has not.
We asked respondents who have served as planning commissioners what they’ve found to be the most important skills in serving on a planning commission.
How well does your planning commission reflect the diversity / demographics of your community? Results from our questionnaire.
An introduction to our August survey about the role and responsibilities of planning commissioners and staff; what it takes to run an effective public meeting; and more.
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.