It's All Your Fault: You're the Planner!
When you start your Planning career in local government, you are so excited to help people and the community. Let’s face it, this is one of the reasons we become planners! We want to make a difference, we want to facilitate change and help a community thrive. Then you start your job and realize there’s a dark side that can take a toll on you if you let it.
Your college degree and on the job training prepares you for the day to day tasks and responsibilities of the job. But no one tells you everyone (developers, business owners, citizens) will be mad at you! No one prepares you for the citizen outrage against you when they don’t like a decision you’ve made, the phone calls or emails with negative statements about you or the accusations from the public made against you when emotions run high at a public meeting.
Let’s examine the Emotional Politics of the job as Planner. Explore coping tools, ways to handle hostile public meetings, how to react to false accusations made against you, and learn not to take it personally. Sometimes people just need someone to blame and unfortunately the target is typically the Planner.
, City of Olathe
Confirmed SpeakerAimee Nassif is the Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Olathe and has over 20 years of public service experience. Through her work with the City she, oversees both current and long range planning including plan review, zoning enforcement, zoning map amendments, permitting, budgets, and updates to the Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code. Aimee oversees Olathe's Healthy Neighborhood's Initiative Program and serves as staff liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals, Olathe's Historic Preservation Board and Planning Commission. She also serves on several technical committees with the Mid-America Regional Council. Prior to her work in the Kansas City Metro Area, Aimee was the Planning and Development Services Director for the City of Chesterfield in St Louis, Missouri. She is a member of the National, State and Regional American Planning Association. Aimee earned her MA in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy Administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 2003 and earned her AICP certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2008.
, City of Webster Groves
, Webster Groves
Confirmed SpeakerMara M. Perry, AICP is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Webster Groves, Missouri. She has worked for over 20 years in planning and urban design within both the public and private sector. She had previously worked for the City of Chesterfield, the City of St. Louis and H3 Studio. Mara has been an active member of the St. Louis Regional APA and earned her AICP certification in 2003. She has won numerous awards for her work on the local, regional, state and national level. Mara earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Bachelors of Architecture from Rhode Island School or Design as well as a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design and a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.