By engaging in a true dialogue with the public, you may learn some useful information and actually enjoy the give-and-take.
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.
As a planning commissioner, do you sometimes suffer from information overload? Some suggestions for relief.
Engaging in a visioning process for your city or town can be an exciting, but challenging, undertaking. A look at the key elements in this process.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan outlines ways of involving younger people in the planning process.
Why the first few minutes of your planning commission meeting are especially important.
How do you deal with the “major players” in your community when land use issues are at stake?
How wide a net does your commission cast in seeking out new members? asks PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan.
Being a planning commissioner is a serious job, with serious responsibilities. However, if you take the opportunity to engage your community in stimulating and enjoyable planning exercises, you will find a receptive audience and reap positive results.
Elaine Cogan considers the wisdom of “labeling” planning board members by their “characteristics.” With responses from our online reviewers.
People are friendlier, to their fellow citizens and to the conveners of meetings, if their stomachs aren’t grumbling. How food can make a difference.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan provides an overview of ways by which planning commissions can gauge public opinion.
On how to breach the wall of separation that too often separates planning and school boards.
How much thought goes into your planning board’s agenda? A look at ways of improving your meeting agenda.