Suggestions for Training Your Planning Commission
Friday, October 20, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT
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In many communities the combination of planning commission and governing body turnover, and the infrequency of zoning and subdivision applications, can lead to less-than-ideal consideration by appointed and elected officials. This of course can result in the undoing of the work of staff who have done their part to try to ensure due process is complied with as part of a rational, defensible decision-making process. Some considerations for training planning commissions and governing bodies are 1.Appreciation for the significance of the authority to regulate land use and the consequences land use regulations have for both property owners and the public. 2. The basic scheme for subdivision and zoning regulations, including nonconformance, takings, vested development rights, and the connection between land use plans and land use regulation. 3. The decision-making process for a body engaged in a "quasi-judicial" proceeding, and the difference between acting in a legislative vs. a quasi-judicial capacity. 4. The options local governments have regarding the importance to be given comprehensive plans, the work of staff, the concerns of the public, and the recommendations of the planning commission.
Bonnie Johnson, email@example.com