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.

February 2015

The Commissioner coverPUDs and Master Planned Communities

PUDs emerged from the desire for developers of master planned communities to avoid the cookie-cutter metrics of conventional zoning. 

The Planning Commission's Contribution to the Capital Improvement Plan

An often overlooked tool for planning commissions is the capital improvement plan, one important means of linking plans to budget and implementation. 

Fairness in Siting of Nontraditional Housing

When a community imposes a spacing requirement on a use that is protected by the federal Fair Housing Act, the requirement will typically be struck down unless a community can provide strong support and evidence to overcome the FHA's "reasonable accommodation" requirement.

The Rise of Historic Preservation in America

Ever since the Antiquities Act was signed into law by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, nearly every president has used this power to designate vast tracts of land and individual structures with national monument status.

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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.

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