Six times a year APA's Planning Advisory Service publishes PAS Memo, an online newsletter covering a wide range of topics relevant to planning practitioners.

Cover of July-August 2020 PAS Memo.

Slowing Down to Speed Up: Improving Planning Processes With Lean

July-August 2020

Planners often face a variety of difficulties, including budgetary restrictions, while managing community planning and development. We have all had to learn to do more with less. This PAS Memo describes how Goodyear, Arizona — facing an increasing workload with fewer staff — used the continuous improvement processes of Lean to cut development review times in half while improving employee morale. Learn how to use these processes to improve your own workplace.

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