It's Still All Your Fault! You're the Planner!

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. CDT

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One of the main reasons we become planners is to help people and make a positive impact on communities. We are there to help! Then you start your job and realize there's a dark side that can take a toll on you if you let it. People yelling at you, attacking your character, and even your ethics which can make it hard to keep your head up. No one tells you everyone (developers, business owners, citizens, elected officials) will be mad at you! No one prepares you for the outrage against you when people don't like a decision you've made, the phone calls or emails with negative statements about you, accusations on social media and backlash from the same people you are trying to help. Then you are pulled politically in different directions on the same planning case. Learning objectives include: how to balance the needs of the public with political pressures; creative ways to handle hostile citizens and meetings; and necessary soft skills for you and your supervisor. Our jobs are difficult. Learning ways to handle these situations will help you deal with the immense pressures and remember why it's all worth it. We are all in this together!


Mara Perry, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Mara Perry has worked in both the private sector and public sector as a planner. Currently, as the Director in Webster Groves Missouri, Mara is responsible for both long range and current planning activities with the past few years being involved in a series of highly controversial projects. Mara has ... Read More

Aimee Nassif, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Aimee Nassif serves as the Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Olathe. She oversees both current and long-range planning activities for the City including zoning map amendments, development reviews, Comprehensive Plan updates, and Unified Development Ordinance updates. Aimee is also responsible for various studies such as Envision ... Read More

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