Planners, Managers, and Ethics: When Cultures Collide
You'll learn about:
The art of achieving an ethical result when working with professions that have different values and ethics.
The historic development of the planning and city management professions and how their ethics codes were developed.
The similarities and differences in the AICP and ICMA codes of ethics.
Planners often work for city/county managers who have different approaches and ethical standards. Learn how to meet the standards of the AICP Code of Ethics while balancing the complementary and competing ethical standards that bind city managers. This session expands and updates a session from the 2016 National Planning Conference, incorporating new scenarios and content from Jerry Weitz' book, The Ethical Planning Practitioner (2013).
The odds are good that at some time during their careers, planners will work for a city or county manager. When that happens to AICP members, there's always the chance that there will be a clash between the practices embodied by the AICP Code of Ethics and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Code of Ethics.
This session will examine the different belief structures embedded in the two codes and focus on how these differing belief structures, value systems and ethical codes can be balanced to achieve an ethical result. Recent research will be revealed that highlights the differences and commonalities between the AICP and ICMA Codes of Ethics.
The panelists will present several interesting scenarios based on typical interactions between planners and managers and will lead a discussion about the resulting ethical issues. Discussion will be focused on discovering solutions that satisfy the city manager’s goals while remaining within the bounds of the AICP Code of Ethics. This session will include material which at this writing is pending publication in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association.
Invited SpeakerSteven A. Preston, FAICP retires this year following eight years as city manager of San Gabriel, California. San Gabriel has received several awards for its planning and redevelopment programs under his leadership. Prior to joining San Gabriel he served in the communities of La Verne and Glendale, California, and worked for a Newport Beach architecture firm. An urban planner by training, Steve served on the American Planning Association’s national board of directors, chairing its national Legislative and Policy Committee. In 2016, Preston was awarded the APA President's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Leadership in the Planning Profession. Winner of CCAPA’s 2000 Distinguished Service Award, Preston is also a former president of APA’s California Chapter; past President of the California Planning Roundtable; a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners; former Chair of AICP’s Multi-Media Task Force; served on the Planning Accreditation Board; and has served as adjunct faculty in the graduate planning programs at both USC and Cal Poly Pomona. He has bachelor and master degrees in planning from Cal Poly Pomona with an emphasis in policy administration and communications. Co-author of the 1999 report Planning at the Edge of the Millennium, Preston has taught negotiation and community engagement processes, and has significant experience in group facilitation. He has been a member of the International City Management Association for nearly 15 years, contributing the chapter on management to ICMA’s most recent volume on community planning. His most recent publication is a chapter in the anthology, Planning Los Angeles, issued by APA Press in 2012. He also contributed to a recent article on ethics in city planning and city management that appeared in the Journal of the American Planning Association.
Mary Kay Peck
, MKPeck Associates
, Clearwater Beach
, Urban Planning Program, University of Kansas