Getting Started as a Commissioner

It can be challenge to be a new planning board member — with the need to learn about basic planning tools, your board's  responsibilities, and how you can contribute most effectively. These articles can help you gain your bearings. But they also have useful tips for even more experienced planning board member.

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New to a Planning Commission?

As you begin to attend meetings, you will find that although many parts of the agenda are routine, there soon is likely to be a controversial or contentious matter. You may be uneasy having to discuss your points of view. But you want to be effective. What should you consider?