Why it’s important for planning commissioners to look behind the pretty pictures, and beyond the enticing words, of polished presentations.
Making Meetings Work
Running productive, civil meetings can sometimes be a challenge — but it's essential if the planning commission is going to be effective. These articles and postings focus on meeting management and how to deal with contentious public hearings.
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Columnist Elaine Cogan on what to do to prevent minor irritants from becoming major problems.
A frequently faced, but seldom discussed, subject is how to deal with angry citizens at public meetings. Community relations consultant (the late) Debra Stein suggests ways of keeping cool when things get hot. With responses and ideas from our online reviewers.
A poorly thought out and sloppily executed agenda can hinder the smooth operating of your meeting. Tips on how to better organize your agendas.
No person shall be deprived of property “without due process of law.” A primer on what this Constitutional requirement means for the process planning commissions and zoning boards need to follow in handling land use permit applications.
Elaine Cogan offers some guidelines for designing and carrying out effective public meetings.
PCJ Editor Wayne Senville holds a roundtable discussion with six planning commissioners from across the country.
How members of planning commissions and zoning boards can be most effective in dealing with applicants, members of the public, and staff.
If you know how to ask questions well, you might even receive worthwhile answers!
Ways in which planning boards can improve their dealings with attorneys.
David Allor examines the purpose of rules of procedure, reviewing the importance of fair and coherent rules. Included after the article is Allor’s annotated model outline of motions for planning commissions and zoning boards (adapted from Robert’s Rules).
Greg Dale on what to do when you don’t believe what you’re hearing?
Elaine Cogan offers “first aid” for meetings that don’t seem to work.