The Commissioner is full of features and practical tips that will help you make critical decisions in the best interest of your community.
Tools & Training
Planning involves all-encompassing comprehensive plans as well as target plans (e.g. housing). Planning tackles problems through guidelines, standards, education, and persuasion. This two-page feature explains best practices and highlights evolving issues for the essential work of commissions and boards.
Planning, Zoning, and Beyond
What role do planning commissions and other boards play in developing and implementing plans? In this new feature, learn about specific techniques for conducting public meetings, reaching decisions, and working with staff to develop useful reports. Articles about commissions or boards originally written for other APA publications may appear here.
Attorneys deliver plain-English explanations of complex legal issues facing commissions and boards. Learn how to stay out of court, create inclusive practices, and keep up with important court rulings. Explore the level of legal standards you need in your community and find out how other communities tackle similar issues.
Learn about the foundations of planning. This short feature looks back to find key moments when planning defined its approach to a specific problem or identified a new community need. It's an entertaining way to learn about the interesting history of community planning.
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