Setting Standards for Successful Planning Departments
You'll learn about:
How to manage a planning department under intense scrutiny
Ways to convey department successes to administrators, elected officials, and community members
How to handle unexpected changes such as new elected officials or managers, budget cuts, and critical staff departures
How to create staff buy-in to accomplish objectives that meet community goals, show the value of your department, and create good planning outcomes
Implementing change in any work environment can be daunting. For planners who manage staff members with diverse professional backgrounds, educations, and workplace tenures, that is especially true. This session will explore how to manage the challenge of change in planning departments—especially change that arises from new leadership in city hall—and how to minimize the impact of changes forced by budget cuts, such as modifying a department through restructuring or outsourcing. It will also demonstrate how best to convey your department’s success to results-driven community members. This session is a must for planning directors, senior managers, and those interested in becoming managers.
, Orion Planning + Design
Confirmed SpeakerGraham Billingsley has significant experience covering 40 years of practice. He was educated in planning, landscape architecture, and architecture, and has practiced in all three fields. For 23 years Graham was in the public sector, first as Chief Planner for Urban Design with the City of Dallas, Texas. In that position Graham was responsible for the areas of urban design and historic preservation as well as numerous neighborhood planning efforts. Graham left Dallas to become the Land Use Director for Boulder County, a position he held for 18 years. He had responsibility for a department of 57 employees in four divisions, Planning, Building Safety and Inspection Services, GIS, and Resource Conservation. Graham has developed land use codes, conducted studies or projects in comprehensive planning, urban design, downtown revitalization, demographic and economic analysis, opinion surveying, landscape architecture, architecture, historic preservation, process management, housing studies and has acted as an expert witness in numerous land use legal cases. He has worked throughout the United States, the Middle East, and northern Africa. Graham has spoken extensively on planning issues at national and state conferences. Graham is a previous President of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association.
, City of Champaign
Confirmed SpeakerKnight has served as the Planning and Development Director of Champaign, Illinois since 1988 and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning since 2003. He has worked as a city planner in Liberty, Missouri, and Iowa City, Iowa and as a regional planner with the Mid-Iowa Development Association Council of Governments in Fort Dodge Iowa. Knight joined APA in 1980 and became a certified planner in 1985. He was elected to the AICP College of Fellows in 2003. Knight served as President of APA from 2008-2012 and on the APA Board of Directors from 2000-2008. He chaired the 2000-2005 National APA Awards Juries, the Membership Committee and the Great Places in America Task Force. He also served on the Fellows of AICP Task Force and selection committee, the APA Mission Statement Task Force and as Illinois Chapter President from 1997-2000. Knight has a B.S. in Urban Planning from Iowa State University and an M.A. in Public Affairs from the University of Iowa.
, Teska Associates
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Blue, FAICP currently is a Principal Consultant at Teska Associates in Evanston IL. His work includes preparing comprehensive and neighborhood plans, strategic plans, and zoning regulations; conducting staff training; and performing development approval audits. Previously worked as Community Development Director for Highland Park, IL (11 years) and Deputy CD Director for Mount Prospect, IL (5 years). Work in those communities included long range planning, current planning, building permit approval, and support of Council and Commission activities. Started career as consultant working in policy planning, development economics and public participation. Presented sessions on multiple topics at numerous planning conference, guest lecturer at universities, and is author of two recent Zoning Practice article.