Important Information about & the Planning Commissioners Journal

December 1st, 2020

Some Background from Publisher & Editor Wayne Senville:

Cover of issue of Planning Commissioners Journal - Recognizing Community Assets. Illustration by Paul Hoffman.For 23 years — from 1991 to 2014 — the Planning Commissioners Journal and served respectively as the nation’s principal publication and online resource for citizen planners, including members of local planning commissions and zoning boards.

As we’ve noted elsewhere, we’re no longer adding new content — but are now making available on our back content of over 600 articles at no cost (more on this further down the page).

A bit of background. I was honored to have served for eleven years as a member of the Burlington, Vermont, Planning Commission (including three years as Chair). Prior to that I was director of regional & local planning assistance for the State of Vermont. I’ve experienced first hand many of the situations planning commissioners face. We’ve been committed to publishing concise articles, written and edited so that you don’t need an advanced degree to understand them.

Over the years, we were supported by a slate of terrific contributing writers and by a small, but very dedicated staff, led for nearly 17 years by our general manager Betsey Krumholz — who also served for six years as a planning commissioner — assisted by our office manager, Peggy Ellis-Green.

Cover of Basic Planning Tools reprint collectionAnnouncement for Now That You're on Board booklet.
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Unfortunately, we’re no longer adding any new content, and have closed our business. However, as a service to citizen (and professional) planners across the country, and to any other interested persons, you can access, download, and/or print out past articles here on at no cost for your personal use, or for the use of members of a municipal planning commission or board.

For any other use of any content or images, please see our copyright page.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at: — please allow up to two weeks for replies — though I’ll usually get back to you a lot sooner.