Tired of our talking about those bad apples who serve on planning commissions? In today’s column we offer some balance — with a look at commissioners who deserve your appleause.
The Planning Commission at Work
The inimitable team of Jim Segedy, FAICP, and Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy, AICP, offer creative ways in which planning commissions can work better. The Planning Commission At Work column was previously authored for nearly ten years by long-time planning educator Michael Chandler.
Don’t just sweep a Bad Apple’s behavior under the rug. It’s important to keep in mind the pernicious impact that tolerating unethical behavior has both on the planning commission and on the community.
There are some simple things you can do to help keep your plan or ordinance from hitting a brick wall at the end of the line. Here’s our Top Ten List of strategies that planning commissioners can use to build momentum for plan or ordinance adoption.
Jim Segedy and Lisa Hollingsworh-Segedy on what planning commissioners can do when faced with an “unadoptable” plan or ordinance — including having a “Plan B” strategy.
To avoid being seen as “just part of the system,” here are 10 ways to solidify your planning commission’s relevance.
To help you avoid the holes in the rocky road of being a planning commissioner, we present the Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Holding Public Hearings or Meetings.
In today’s economy, there are generally limited opportunities to attract industry from somewhere else — that is, to grow from the outside in. But local assets often provide strong potential for communities to reinvent themselves from the inside out. A look at what that involves.
Too often cities have scrambled to attract new businesses … from anywhere. But a different approach has started to take hold. It involves planting local economic seeds and nurturing them to be the new garden of opportunity.
Does your planning commission take a “walkabout approach” to public meetings. PlannersWeb contributing writers Jim Segedy & Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy explain why it can be very helpful to put on your walking shoes and go out for a group walk.
PCJ contributing writers Jim Segedy & Lisa Hollingsworth-Segedy on how debriefing meetings can help planning commissions work more effectively.
Planning for the impacts of new development can make a difference to your municipality’s fiscal well-being.
Take note planning commissioners! The Segedys (with apologies to David Letterman) offer their own “top 10” list.
Planning commissions often struggle with group dynamics when making decisions on difficult issues. A look at some ways to work better together.