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The Planning Commissioners Guide

New Edition

By C. Gregory Dale FAICP, Benjamin A. Herman FAICP, Anne F. McBride FAICP

This step-by-step guidebook gets new planning commissioners off on the right foot and helps experienced commission members navigate their roles.

Published by APA Planners Press , 2013

Format: Paperback , 160 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-611900-61-3

Quick order code: A00613

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Across the country, communities rely on their planning commissions for guidance. But who guides the planning commissioners?

This step-by-step guidebook gets new commissioners off on the right foot and helps experienced commission members navigate their roles. The authors, all practicing planners, have worked extensively with planning commissions for decades. They have watched commissioners scramble up a steep learning curve, sit in the hot seat of controversy, and strive to make sound decisions for the places they call home.

In this helpful handbook, the authors share ideas, insights, and information to help commissioners succeed. Eight detailed chapters cover everything from the nuts and bolts of development applications to the nuances of legal issues to the part commissioners play in long-range planning. Readers will learn how to prepare for their first commission meeting, review a development plan, invite productive public input, and steer clear of ethical dilemmas. Added resources include a glossary of planning terms, a list of training resources, and the American Planning Association's Statement of Ethical Principles in Planning. For anyone serving on a planning commission, The Planning Commissioners Guide is essential reading.

Click here to read an excerpt from The Planning Commissioners Guide.

About the Authors

C. Gregory Dale, FAICPC. 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, FAICPBenjamin 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, FAICPAnne 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.

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