What’s the value of uniqueness and community identity? That’s the question ULI analyst — and long-time Planning Commissioners Journal columnist — Ed McMahon addresses in his dynamic 17-minute TED Talk.
In this final part of their series, Mary Madden and Joel Russell discuss the vital relationship between the planning process and the development of a form-based code.
Our 4-part series on form-based codes continues with an overview of the typical elements of a FBC and how they enable it to shape public space and create walkable, pedestrian-friendly places.
The concepts of “urban form” and “the public realm,” central to form-based codes, are absent from the conventional zoning vocabulary. A look at key differences between FBCs and traditional zoning.
An introduction to the use of form-based codes — how they work and how they differ from conventional zoning. In Part 1: an overview of the origins of form-based zoning and its primary objectives.
If there were one thing that would most improve the effectiveness of your community’ planning commission, what would that be?
We hear back from our survey respondents with ideas on how to strengthen the relationship between the planning commission and governing body.
What are the most important things a planning commission or planning staff can do in order to hold an effective public meeting or hearing? Results from our survey.
We asked our survey respondents a series of short “yes” / “no” questions on questions relating to what we’d call planning commission “dynamics.”
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We meet too often! We don’t meet often enough! Our meetings are too long! No, they’re too short! See what our survey respondents told us.
We asked professional planners what skills they’ve found most important in serving as a staff planner or planning director. A summary of what they told us.
In her final column after a 23 year stint writing for the Planning Commissioners Journal and PlannersWeb, Elaine Cogan takes a look back … and forward … at what’s changed, and what has not.
We asked respondents who have served as planning commissioners what they’ve found to be the most important skills in serving on a planning commission.
Planner Gwendolyn Hallsmith offers a progressive take on planning for local economic development in this five-part series starting with Coping With Economic Meltdown.
Also, take a look at our extended reprints from economic development planner Della Rucker's excellent book, The Local Economy Revolution.