Tired of our talking about those bad apples who serve on planning commissions? In today’s column we offer some balance — with a look at commissioners who deserve your appleause.
Being a Planning Commissioner
How interested are young adults in local planning issues? And what advice would you give someone interested in serving on a planning board?
We asked our participants if there was anything that surprised them after joining their planning commission, and what challenges they faced in taking the time to serve.
Seven planning commissioners — all under 40 years old — share some of their thoughts about serving on their local planning commission.
Don’t just sweep a Bad Apple’s behavior under the rug. It’s important to keep in mind the pernicious impact that tolerating unethical behavior has both on the planning commission and on the community.
In the old days, most people thought you could not fight progress or City Hall. But after 20 years of high-profile development fights all over the country, every man and woman now believes they can fight back and win.
This week, Patrick Fox considers ten important things you should know about project applicants. On Wednesday he’ll return with a look at what you should know about project opponents.
When planning commissioners become “behind the scenes” advocates. Some cautionary advice from Greg Dale.
You’re doing some shopping. While waiting to buy some cheese, a fellow planning commissioners spots you and wants to discuss an application before the commission for decision. What should you do?
How planning commissioners can be more effective problem solvers in dealing with the challenging issues they face.
Greg Dale explores why fairness may require more than the legal minimum.
“One Bad Apple can spoil the barrel.” Just as in any other group, planning commissions can have their share of Bad Apples, whose unaddressed behavior can range from a breach of basic courtesy to violations of ethics and, in extreme situations, even criminal actions.
Planning commissioners and elected officials often need have awkward and difficult discussions about land use issues. It is essential that decision makers candidly express their thoughts and ideas to planning staff.