Working as a Team

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Articles and postings with suggestions on how planning commissioners can work more effectively as a team.

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Planning Commissioner Perspectives

Planning commissioners from Virginia, Pennsylvania, Utah, and New York offer their perspectives on what makes for an effective planning board, and on the role of the chairperson.

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Who Hires Your Planning Director?

What attributes should you look for in a new planning director? Columnist Elaine Cogan describes what she learned from facilitating a series community forums as part of Portland, Oregon’s search for a new planning chief.

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Working With Planning Consultants

In part I, Greg Dale outlines ten key elements to successfully getting started on a project that will involve consultants; part II examines how RFQs can be used in finding planning consultants; and part III focuses on steps planning departments can take to ensure a good working relationship with consultants.

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Retreat? Advance?

Has your commission been looking for a way to get beyond the regular meeting routine? Some tips on organizing for a successful retreat.