Stop, look, and take the time to observe how people interact with the built environment.
Being a Planning Commissioner
One of the toughest challenges facing planning commissioners is how to deal with public hearings involving controversial development projects and zoning amendments. Planners and planning commissioners from across the country offer practical suggestions.
If your planning commission’s members relax and socialize together after a meeting, it’s a good idea to invite the public too.
Do we have an ethical responsibility to take into account the regional impacts of local land use decisions?
Planning commission hearings can sometimes bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the descriptions in Dante’s epic poem. But there are ways to escape, explains PCJ columnist Ric Stephens.
Planning commissioners can be of great service in speaking to community groups and organizations. Some tips to help you become a more effective speaker.
What’s the recipe for successful implementation of your community’s plan? That’s the focus of this installment of the Segedys’ series on preparing the comprehensive plan.
How can you do a better job as a planning commissioner? Long-time PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan offers some basic principles for your consideration.
How can you ensure that your comprehensive plan makes sense, and guides decision-making to choices that create a healthy, balanced community? One way is by doing a community self-assessment, a process that helps identify issues and build consensus.
Do you ever try to assess how you and your fellow planning board members look through the eyes of those attending your meetings? Getting feedback can yield valuable insights, and lead to changes in how your commission conducts its business.
By engaging in a true dialogue with the public, you may learn some useful information and actually enjoy the give-and-take.
Planning consultant (and commissioner) Ric Stephens on ten practices and behaviors for planning commissioners to steer clear of.
As a planning commissioner, do you sometimes suffer from information overload? Some suggestions for relief.