A short primer on the skill of active listening.
With NIMBYs legitimate concerns are often mixed with irrational fears. Planner (and planning commissioner) Christine Robbins offers some insights into how to deal with NIMBY situations.
Why it’s important for planning commissions and governing bodies to work cooperatively. With some suggestions for ways of strengthening this relationship.
Newspaper reporter and planning commissioner David Essex explains why it’s important to know what’s news and what isn’t when dealing with the press.
Why it’s important for planning commissioners to look behind the pretty pictures, and beyond the enticing words, of polished presentations.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan takes a look at three valuable traits of an effective planning commissioner: patience, persistence, and passion.
Are you being swamped with too much information? Long-time planner Perry Norton reflects on these questions.
Ways in which you can tap the passion and enthusiasm of your constituents for the planning process.
Planning commissioners from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Utah, and New York offer their perspectives on what makes for an effective planning board, and on the role of the chairperson.
A quick look at ways in which planning boards can obtain public feedback besides through a formal public hearing process
PCJ columnist Greg Dale explains why it’s critical that planning commissioners be independent and informed when reviewing development applications.
How long have you served as a planning commissioner? How long should you serve? Elaine Cogan asks whether you know when enough is enough.
In increasingly diverse communities, it is essential that all planning board members reach out beyond their ordinary circles of relationships. Elaine Cogan discusses several ways in which commissioners can do this.