Lessons from Painful Public Meetings
You'll learn about:
Realities of the public participation process and how to expect the unexpected
How to deal with and diffuse contentious and difficult situations
Roles and responsibilities of the various parties in the public participation process
Accusers. Apathetics. Arguers. Attackers. Agitators. We have all been there before—experiencing or witnessing the planning meeting from “heck.” Some will make you laugh; others will make you cry. Painful as it might be at the time, we learn valuable lessons that can help us moving forward. Public meetings are the essence of democracy and an integral element in the planning process. Unfortunately, they do not always go as planned. Avoiding the meetings is not a viable alternative.
In this interactive session, you will hear war stories (and success stories!) from experienced planners that illustrate the types of issues that arise during the public hearings and forums, including how to address angry crowds and project opponents, how to respond to Agenda 21 protests, how to proceed when meeting participants decide your planned agenda is not what they want to talk about, and what happens when your client “throws you under the bus” for political reasons.
Confirmed SpeakerJoanne is a partner with Orion Planning + Design and lives in Sheridan, Wyoming. She has extensive background as a local government planner and as a consultant working with mid-sized to small towns, rural communities, and counties. Her focus is primarily on long range and comprehensive planning based on community input and on special studies such as joint planning area agreements and downtown plans. She also conducts planning commissioner training and has been a speaker at many chapter, national, and international conferences. Joanne is the former president of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the former president of the American Planning Association. She also previously served on the board and as president of WYOPASS and the Western Central Chapter-APA .
, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Confirmed SpeakerRalph Willmer, FAICP, NCICS, is a Principal Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. He has extensive experience in municipal planning that focuses on the preparation of community master plans, open space and recreation plans, housing production plans, and the drafting of zoning codes. His understanding of planning and zoning issues provides him with the expertise necessary to assist municipalities and drive the planning and implementation process. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1993, and in 2010 was inducted to the AICP College of Fellows in recognition of the significant contributions he has made to planning, the profession, and society. He served as the Massachusetts Chapter President and as a member of the National Board of Directors of APA. He is the Chair of the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative (CPTC), which was created to train Planning and Zoning Board members, and he also leads workshop for CPTC. In addition, Mr. Willmer holds a certificate from the National Charrette Institute as a NCI Charrette System planner. He won numerous awards for his work from the American Planning Association (APA) and its chapters. Mr. Willmer received his B.S. in Environmental and Resources Management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY and his M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Medford, MA.