The Planning Workplace: Keeping Your Ethical Compass Close By at the Office

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Friday, November 7, 2014
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST

San Diego, CA,

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

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The session is designed to cause participants to think for themselves about how they would respond to the challenge of maintaining their ethical standards while practicing planning. The administration of a planning office -- whether in the private or public sector -- can raise ethical questions. We will consider your role as a user of scarce planning resources, the ethical challenges you face, and guidance from the AICP Code of Ethics. The session will explore some of the reasons why the internal office environment is rarely the focus of ethical examination. We will identify common aspects of organizational management that raise ethical questions. The session will also cover what you can do as an individual to help create a planning organization that is more aware of ethical issues. Several scenarios will be discussed and ideas for resolving potential conflicts in an ethical manner will be presented. The administrative as well as behavioral aspects of the Code will be reviewed including the role of the APA Executive Director as the Ethics Officer. Planners in need of specific determinations regarding conformance with the Code of Ethics will understand how to secure that advice. In addition, Betsy McCullough, Bill Chopyk, and Dan Wery will participate in a panel discussion that focuses on the application of the AICP Code of Ethics in the San Diego planning profession.

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