The Effective Planning Commissioner

Long-time Planning Commissioners Journal and PlannersWeb columnist Elaine Cogan focuses on how planning commissioners can do their job most effectively.

— take a look also at Elaine's booklet, “Now that You're on Board … How to Survive and Thrive as a Planning Commissioner.”


On Commitment

On Commitment

How do we motivate commissioners to realize being on the planning commission requires a “commitment”? The more I thought about it, the more complex the answer seems to be.

Corner market and cafe. Illustration by Paul Hoffman for PlannersWeb

New to a Planning Commission?

As you begin to attend meetings, you will find that although many parts of the agenda are routine, there soon is likely to be a controversial or contentious matter. You may be uneasy having to discuss your points of view. But you want to be effective. What should you consider?