Setting Standards for Successful Planning Departments

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:45 a.m. - noon
CM | 1.25
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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.  



Graham Billingsley , FAICP , Orion Planning and Design , Boulder , CO (see bio)
Bruce Knight , FAICP , City of Champaign , Champaign , IL
Michael Blue , FAICP , Teska Associates , Evanston , IL (see bio)