How wide a net does your commission cast in seeking out new members? asks PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan.
Working as a Team
Elaine Cogan considers the wisdom of “labeling” planning board members by their “characteristics.” With responses from our online reviewers.
Our Winter and Spring 2006 issues featured 25 bright ideas on a wide range of topics — ranging from walkable neighborhoods to meeting workforce housing needs, from commissioners “on tour” to how art can transform a street.
Elaine Cogan looks at ways of evaluating your planning board’s effectiveness.
Four planners discuss the role of the professional planner; planning commission-staff relations; what commission chairs can do; pre-meeting workshops; and new commissioner orientation.
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.
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.
An overview of several group process methods that can help planning boards deal more creatively (and effectively) with issues they face.
How do measure the success of planning in your town, city, or county? Mike Chandler looks at some basic ways to make planning accountable.
Providing planning commission training is always a challenge. Time is limited and funds are often scarce. Video-conferencing offers an increasingly popular way of overcoming these obstacles.
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.
Elaine Cogan on how committees can assist planning commissioners in their work.
Has your commission been looking for a way to get beyond the regular meeting routine? Some tips on organizing for a successful retreat.