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Local Governing Body

illustration by Marc Hughes for the PlannersWeb

Your mayor and local legislative body are key players in the planning universe. These articles and postings focus on their relationship with the planning commission.

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Should You Run?

Have you considered running for office after finishing your service as a planning commissioner or zoning board member? Otis White, consultant to local governments and corporations on community involvement and civic leadership, explores what questions to ask yourself before you decide to run.

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Gaining Legitimacy

With local power structures breaking down, Otis White examines how commissioners and other public officials can gain “legitimacy” in the eyes of the public.