The Planning Commissioners Guide

The publication provides planning commissioners ingredients for success by covering a wide-range of obstacles and offering sound advice for multiple situations.


How do planning commissioners create multi-dimensional design plans? Is it possible to create a happy medium between development demands and property owners? How do planning commissioners handle legal aspects? Beginner planning commissioners have an array of questions that often leave them second-guessing their decisions. They are sometimes greeted with budget challenges, a new staff to lead, and various areas of the community call their attention.

The Planning Commissioners Guide addresses numerous concerns and helps them maneuver into their new roles and responsibilities.  The Guide is written by professionals who have seen daily battles of commissioners struggling to handle controversy, make quick, important decisions, and learn the nooks and crannies of neighborhood planning.

The Planning Commissioners Guide exposes hidden complications, offers valuable suggestions and information to ease planners into their profession. Eight comprehensive chapters illustrate development components to community engagement and legal affairs. The audience will learn how to prepare for meetings, form long-lasting relationships with citizens, and conduct development analysis. In addition, the book includes a glossary of planning terms. Commissioners will be equipped with skills to lead their communities forward.

Meet the Authors

C. Gregory Dale, FAICP

C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, is a founding principal of McBride Dale Clarion, the Cincinnati, Ohio, affiliate office of Clarion Associ­ates. He has managed planning projects throughout the country and has expertise in comprehensive plans, growth manage­ment plans, land-use regulations, citizen outreach programs, planning for historic areas and expert testimony on planning, zoning and land-use development issues. He is the co-author of The Citizen's Guide to Planning.

Benjamin A. Herman, FAICP

Benjamin A. Herman, FAICP, is a director in the Fort Col­lins office of Clarion Associates, where he leads the firm's nationwide planning practice. He has more than 30 years of national and international experience in all aspects of plan­ning for private and public sector clients. He specializes in complex, multidisciplinary projects, and has extensive experience in community, regional, corridor, and downtown plans; regional growth management strategies; and sustain­able community plans.

Anne F. McBride, FAICP

Anne F. McBride, FAICP, is a founding principal of McBride Dale Clarion in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has extensive experience in working with national retailers and developers throughout the country in the site selection and approval processes for developments. McBride also has been responsible for the preparation of comprehensive plans, zon­ing codes, and urban renewal plans for communities in Ohio, and she has served as the city planner for Springdale, Ohio, since 1995. McBride has served on the Anderson Township (Ohio) Zoning Commission since 1996 and is a past president of the Ohio Chapter of APA.