Our primary goal as a publication has been to help planning board members do their job better. But just what is their job?
Being a Planning Commissioner
Eight of our regular contributing writers take a brief look at various challenges and opportunities facing planning commissions and their communities.
A roundtable discussion on ways of strengthening the planning process — with a look at: the roles of planning commissions and governing bodies; finding time for long-range planning; and better ways of implementing local plans.
In this follow-up to his Fall article, Otis White reports on the impact a Pennsylvania planning commissioner had on his community.
As planners and planning commissioners we need to think ahead, anticipate consequences, and identify our blind spots so we aren’t sideswiped by a future we didn’t see coming.
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.
We posed four questions to 25 individuals who have had the opportunity to serve both as professional and citizen planners. You’ll find their responses quite interesting and informative.
PCJ contributing writers Jim Segedy & Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy on how debriefing meetings can help planning commissions work more effectively.
PCJ columnist Ric Stephens offers four rules to help ensure all citizens receive a fair and impartial hearing from the planning commission.
Are you as effective as you can be in your job as a planning commissioner? Planner Carolyn Braun offers some tips for your consideration.
Take note planning commissioners! The Segedys (with apologies to David Letterman) offer their own “top 10” list.
Planning commissions often struggle with group dynamics when making decisions on difficult issues. A look at some ways to work better together.
One of a planner’s most important jobs is drafting clear and understandable ordinances. It’s also a task on which planning commissioners can offer valuable assistance.