The Commissioner

The Commissioner is full of features and practical tips that will help you make critical decisions in the best interest of your community.

August 2015

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Once regarded as the repository for everyone's homemade videos, the Internet and online education have gained new respectability. Conceivably it's an excellent venue for disseminating training for planning commissioners, zoning board of review members, and other appointed officials.

Tree Preservation Ordinances and Green Infrastructure

Approximately 3.8 billion trees make up American urban forests. Protecting and enhancing this valuable resource is critical, as growing research demonstrates.

Meeting the Vacant Property Challenge

Communities need to develop comprehensive stabilization and reclamation plans to stem the vacant property tide and restore productive use.

The Plan for the Valleys

This 1960s plan for land north of the Baltimore Beltway was intended to allow for new development while preserving rural character.

About The Commissioner

Every issue of The Commissioner includes:

Tools & Training
Planning involves all-encompassing comprehensive plans as well as target plans (e.g. housing). Planning tackles problems through guidelines, standards, education, and persuasion. This feature explains best practices and highlights evolving issues for the essential work of commissions and boards.

Planning, Zoning, and Beyond
What role do planning commissions and other boards play in developing and implementing plans? Learn about specific techniques for conducting public meetings, reaching decisions, and working with staff to develop useful reports.

Attorneys deliver plain-English explanations of complex legal issues facing commissions and boards. Learn how to stay out of court, create inclusive practices, and keep up with important court rulings. Explore the level of legal standards you need in your community and find out how other communities tackle similar issues.

Learn about the foundations of planning. This short feature looks back to find key moments when planning defined its approach to a specific problem or identified a new community need.

Resource Finder
The Commissioner's popular guide will help you dig deeper into featured topics.

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