Being Effective

Not surprisingly, many of our articles and postings have focused on how planning commissioners can be more effective.

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A Nose for NIMBYs

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.

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Think Like a Reporter

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.

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Planning Commissioner Perspectives

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.