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.
Voices of Planning Commissioners
A long-time planning commission chair offers her insights on ways to run fair and effective commission meetings and hearings.
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.
Advice from six planning commissioners from across the country especially aimed at new planning commissioners. Plus a roundtable discussion moderated by Planning Commissioners Journal editor Wayne Senville.
PCJ Editor Wayne Senville holds a roundtable discussion with six planning commissioners from across the country.
Planning commissioner William M. Harris offers his thoughts on the downside of commissioners acting as advocates for their own neighborhoods.
Asking the right question; evaluating information presented; identifying interests; making no excuses. Lessons from nine years as a member of a local planning and zoning commission.
How members of planning commissions and zoning boards can be most effective in dealing with applicants, members of the public, and staff.
Sharon Hightower, a California planning consultant and planning commissioner, offers some “orientation” advice for new planning commissioners.
A planning commissioner recounts what happened when a multi-family housing project was proposed in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Planning commissioner Barbara Jarvis explores what Ashland, Oregon, has done to encourage the use of mediation in land use disputes and neighborhood planning.
Discussion focuses on the role of the planning commission on growth and development issues; new commissioner orientation; and communications with the public.
Planning commissioner Mark Miles on how continued growth and development brings to mind the parable of the boiled frog.