Ethics & the Planning Commission

These articles and postings provide advice about ethical situations planning commissioners often encounter, including ex-parte contacts, bias, accepting gifts, political influence, and more.

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Getting Even

Planning commissions sometimes feel the urge to “get even” with a developer who has “burnt” them in the past. Greg Dale examines the ethical issues involved in getting even.

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The “Riggins Rules”

Suggested do’s and don’ts for the conduct of public hearings, and the deportment of members of boards, commissions, and other bodies — reprinted as written by the late Fred Riggins.