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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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.

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Welcome to the Commission

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.

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Getting the Job Done

Strategies planning boards can use to help commissioners better prepare for meetings, participate more effectively during meetings, and follow-up on items after meetings.

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The “Riggins Rules”

Suggested do’s and don’ts for the conduct of public hearings, and the deportment of members of boards, commissions, and other bodies — reprinted as written by the late Fred Riggins.