Our series wraps up, as our seven participants point to ways of strengthening the relationship between staff planners and planning commissioners.
Getting Started as a Commissioner
It can be challenge to be a new planning board member — with the need to learn about basic planning tools, your board’s responsibilities, and how you can contribute most effectively. These articles can help you gain your bearings. But they also have useful tips for even more experienced planning board member.
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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.
Today, our seven planners tell us what most surprised them when they started serving on their planning commission.
We asked seven individuals who have served both as professional and citizen planners to reply to a series of short questions. Today, they explain what got them interested in serving on their community’s planning commission.
As you begin to attend meetings, you will find that although many parts of the agenda are routine, there soon is likely to be a controversial or contentious matter. You may be uneasy having to discuss your points of view. But you want to be effective. What should you consider?
Our primary goal as a publication has been to help planning board members do their job better. But just what is their job?
Planner (and planning commissioner) Ric Stephens reflects on what motivates people to serve on planning boards.
Four planners discuss the role of the professional planner; planning commission-staff relations; what commission chairs can do; pre-meeting workshops; and new commissioner orientation.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan takes a look at three valuable traits of an effective planning commissioner: patience, persistence, and passion.
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.
Advice from six planning commissioners from across the country especially aimed at new planning commissioners. Plus a roundtable discussion moderated by Planning Commissioners Journal editor Wayne Senville.
How to deal with newcomers to your board who either hold up meetings with question after question or are too nervous to jump into the discussion.