Do we have an ethical responsibility to take into account the regional impacts of local land use decisions?
C. Gregory Dale, FAICP is a Principal with the planning and zoning firm of McBride Dale Clarion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dale manages planning projects and conducts training for planning officials throughout the country. He is also a past president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association, and a frequent speaker at planning and zoning workshops throughout the country.
For nearly 20 years, Dale authored the Planning Commissioners Journal’s “Ethics & the Planning Commission” column. All of Dale’s ethics columns — along with articles he wrote on transportation planning and zoning — are listed below. Click on the title to read excerpts. PlannersWeb members can also download the complete articles in pdf format, as published in the Planning Commissioners Journal.
Just about every planning commission at some time faces questions about ex parte contacts. Greg Dale explains why ex parte contacts can cause problems and how to avoid common pitfalls.
1. Ways of better involving older residents in planning; 2. mobility concerns of an aging population; 3. housing & land use issues facing seniors.
How do we build a “sense of community”? That’s a question many planning commissioners ask.Long-time planner and PCJ columnist Greg Dale offers his thoughts
Greg Dale provides an overview of several broad approaches to regional planning, and then takes a closer look at regional planning efforts in Nevada’s Las Vegas Valley.
PCJ columnist Greg Dale takes a look at two words that have been sweeping the nation: “smart growth.”
Is it appropriate for citizens who have represented “special interest” groups to serve on local planning boards? Greg Dale considers the ethical dimensions of this question.
Greg Dale explains why “it’s all relative” in his article on conflict of interest situations involving family members.
Long-time planners and PCJ contributing writers Mike Chandler and Greg Dale take a look at the impact that changes in our society are having on local zoning regulation.
Mike Chandler and Greg Dale look at zoning basics with an overview of the purposes of zoning, the structure of a typical zoning ordinance, and the principal players in the “zoning universe.” With sidebars on key zoning-related legal issues.
Are there any constraints on when a planning board member can speak out publicly as an individual, rather than as a representative of the board? Greg Dale looks at some political and ethical considerations.
Site visits can result in ex-parte contacts, since they occur outside the public forum. It’s important for planning commissions and commissioners to think through how best to conduct a site visit.
PCJ columnist Greg Dale explains why it’s critical that planning commissioners be independent and informed when reviewing development applications.