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Developing the Comprehensive Plan

Michael Chandler on developing the comp plan: Part I: key considerations in putting together a comprehensive plan. Part II: citizen participation methods. Part III: strategies for getting the plan adopted and implemented….

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Citizen Planning Academies

One of the major challenges facing most communities, and their planning boards, is how to explain planning and the planning process in terms citizens can understand. Mike Chandler looks at how “citizen planning academies” helped…

Zoning Basics

Zoning Basics

Mike Chandler and Greg Dale look at zoning basics with an overview of the purposes of zoning, the structure of a typical zoning ordinance, and the principal players in the “zoning universe.” With sidebars on…

Our Contributing Writers

Our Contributing Writers

Use the drop down menu above or the links below to learn about our primary contributing writers — both in the Planning Commissioners Journal and on the PlannersWeb. Michael Chandler — Elaine Cogan — Greg…

B is for Budget

B is for Budget

…comprehensive plan. See Michael Chandler’s three-part series on capital improvement programs.    Read excerpt from start of article: The public aspects of cities include not only services (i.e., police and fire protection, education, and protection…