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.
Working as a Team
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.
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.
If your planning commission’s members relax and socialize together after a meeting, it’s a good idea to invite the public too.
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.
Planning consultant (and commissioner) Ric Stephens on ten practices and behaviors for planning commissioners to steer clear of.
Does the “physics” of your planning commission reflect a mechanical or a systems model? How understanding of these models can help shape decision-making.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan outlines ways of involving younger people in the planning process.
A long-time planning commission chair offers her insights on ways to run fair and effective commission meetings and hearings.