Citizen planning academies can provide a good way of better informing citizens about how the planning process works — while also building up a “bench” of future planning board members.
Local Governing Body
A roundtable discussion on ways of strengthening the planning process — with a look at: the roles of planning commissions and governing bodies; finding time for long-range planning; and better ways of implementing local plans.
Elaine Cogan looks at ways of evaluating your planning board’s effectiveness.
Why it’s important for planning commissions and governing bodies to work cooperatively. With some suggestions for ways of strengthening this relationship.
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.
Michael Chandler on why developing closer relationships with governing bodies is something planning commissions need to work on.
With local power structures breaking down, Otis White examines how commissioners and other public officials can gain “legitimacy” in the eyes of the public.
Columnist Elaine Cogan takes a look at how planning commissioners and citizen planners can work most effectively with local elected officials.
When the Mayor sees you as his voice on the planning commission, what should you do? Greg Dale offers some answers.
Roundtable Discussion about issues related to the adoption and implementation of the comprehensive plan.
Pamela Plumb explains how local governing bodies and planning commissions can develop a strong, positive relationship.