Neighborhood organizations often provide the most important connection residents have with local government and planning. By working with them, planners can gain a more accurate sense of what residents and businesses need, while helping empower citizens.
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Our pattern of land development can have a significant impact on energy consumption. A growing number of local governments are taking steps to promote energy conservation.
Decisions about school construction and renovation have profound implications for towns, cities, and counties nationwide. A look at trends & opportunities, impacts schools have, and the positive role planners and planning commissioners can play.
Preparing a winning grant proposal requires the 3 C’s: a clear concept, a concrete strategy, and creative goals. Advice on researching and writing a proposal you and your community will be proud of.
Sixty percent of working families with children under age five now pay for licensed child care. A look at how communities are responding to the challenge of providing for child care facilities.
Post offices, municipal halls, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings can play a critical role in keeping downtowns and town centers strong. Conversely, the loss of key public buildings can seriously damage the fabric of downtown.
Planners are wasting their time in focusing on aesthetics, argues professor Frank Bryan in this insights column for the PCJ.
To help celebrate the PCJ’s 10th anniversary, we interviewed a number of our subscribers about the most significant planning issues currently facing their communities. The article provides a fascinating glimpse at some of the planning issues facing cities and towns.
Many people enjoy visiting national parks and other scenic attractions. A growing number have also decided to pack up and move to the small cities and towns close to these special places.
Have you considered running for office after finishing your service as a planning commissioner or zoning board member? Otis White, consultant to local governments and corporations on community involvement and civic leadership, explores what questions to ask yourself before you decide to run.
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.
Jack McCall explains why quality education is of critical importance to the economic vitality of cities and towns.
Increasingly, communities are seeking to take advantage of advances in telecommunications technology. An overview of some of the issues in local telecommunications planning.