Stuart Andreason provides highlights from the “Technicity” course — about the good, the bad, and the unknown of using technology for public engagement.
Greg Dale explores why fairness may require more than the legal minimum.
When the approval process becomes too onerous and complex for applicants, especially those with limited resources.
Some additional observations by Wayne Lemmon on the importance to developers of time and perceived level of risk.
In the final part of the article, Wayne Lemmon looks at the real power of a pro-forma in testing out alternative development scenarios including the impacts of increased costs; time; and housing affordability.
Pro-Forma 101 continues with an examination of the impact on development of financing interest, and a look at how developers calculate a project’s anticipated profit.
A look at how a pro-forma factors in the various aspects of project development, including the costs of land acquisition, planning and design, amenities and off-site costs, and management and overhead.
To achieve a minimum level of “literacy” about the economics of development requires at least a navigational knowledge of the basic tool of real estate feasibility analysis — the pro-forma.
If your planning commission truly makes decisions that affect the well-being of the entire community, it makes sense that its membership reflects that community.
Just who does the planning commission serve? — Applicants? Citizens opposing a project? The “public”? We resume our ethics & the planning commission series with a look at this question.
A scientifically conducted survey of residents brings in the voice of the public to bear on planning issues like no forum, newspaper straw poll, or focused discussion.
Local governments that are not actively engaged in listening and adapting their services to meet the needs and expectations of their customers and citizens are setting themselves up for disappointment and failure.
What can you, as a planner or planning commissioner, do about negative attitudes towards government? You can start by doing something as simple as examining the experience citizens have when they enter the planning department office.