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 and Design
Confirmed SpeakerGraham S. Billinglsey, FAICP, Partner Emeritus with Orion Planning + Design, has significant experience covering over 40 years of practice. Educated in planning, landscape architecture, and architecture, and having practiced in all three fields, he has had a rich career with a lot of different responsibilities and experiences. For 23 years, Graham was in the public sector, first as Chief Planner for Urban Design with the City of Dallas, Texas responsible for the areas of urban design and historic preservation as well as numerous neighborhood and TOD planning efforts. Graham moved to Boulder County as the Land Use Director, a position he held for 18 years. He had responsibility Planning, Building Safety and Inspection Services, GIS, and Resource Conservation. His consulting experience is extensive including projects in over 25 states, North Africa and the Middle East. He is a former AICP President, and has been involved in APA at the state and national level for 40 years. He also sat on the AICP Ethics Committee for six years. He has conducted at least 100 ethics sessions at national and local levels.
, City of Champaign
, Teska Associates
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Blue, FAICP, is a principal at Teska Associates, Inc. in Evanston, IL. Mr. Blue has a unique background working in the public and private sectors of the planning profession. Having started his career as a consultant, he worked extensively in the areas of comprehensive and special area planning, development land use and economic impacts, commercial district planning, and public participation. After more than a decade, he moved to the public sector and spent the next 15 years working as a community development department manager. There his focus shifted from broader policy development to day to day operations of development approval, economic development, managing public commission processes, personnel, and municipal governance. Having now returned to consulting, this diverse background allows Mr. Blue a wide perspective in conducting planning assignments, appreciating the multiple viewpoints of various stakeholders, and understanding how they fit into the issue at hand.