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.
Successful communities have strong leaders and committed citizens. It’s true: a small number of committed people can make a big difference in a community.
To avoid being seen as “just part of the system,” here are 10 ways to solidify your planning commission’s relevance.
How can a commission chair encourage shy members to speak up? They may be newcomers to the board reluctant to express an opinion; genuinely deep thinkers who need to know all the facts before saying anything; or disinterested or bored individuals.
In this follow-up to his Fall article, Otis White reports on the impact a Pennsylvania planning commissioner had on his community.
How much of a difference can one planning commissioner make? Quite a bit, as Otis White explains in this story about a county planning commissioner from Oregon.
A long-time planning commission chair offers her insights on ways to run fair and effective commission meetings and hearings.
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.
How do you build consensus on your planning board? Elaine Cogan offers some suggestions.
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.
Planning historian Larry Gerckens takes a look at how the citizens of Cincinnati made planning history ninety years ago.
Leadership is a key ingredient to strong communities, and can come from expected places and people.
How a planning commission can strengthen its leadership role by empowering citizens to find solutions to difficult issues.