Leading with Staff Reports
You'll learn about:
Conventional wisdom on what makes a good staff report in contrast to the reality of what actual staff reports contain
Results of two national studies of staff reports that examined performance and effectiveness
Highlights of APA’s “Planning Office of the Future” task force report
How staff reports can help planners think big and lead effectively
Each year planners write thousands of staff reports explaining their evaluations of development applications to planning commissions and governing bodies. Yet to date there have been only three publications on how to write quality staff reports and no systematic nationwide studies on the topic. This important tool for planners deserves more attention.
This session provides an overview of the existing literature on how to write staff reports, reviews the legal basis for staff reports, and shares excerpts of top-notch staff reports. It also provides tenets—based on APA’s “Planning Office of the Future” task force report—for the next generation of staff reports: experimentation, entrepreneurship, story-telling, and the use of video and technology.
, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
Confirmed SpeakerBrian Ohm is a professor in the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a planning law specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He is an attorney and has written numerous publications on various planning law topics and is a frequent presenter on planning law topics at seminars and conferences.
, Urban Planning Program, University of Kansas
Confirmed SpeakerBonnie J. Johnson, PhD, AICP is Associate Professor in the University of Kansas’ Urban Planning Program. She teaches planning theory, land use, and politics, planning, and administration courses. Research interests include: codes of ethics, staff reports, civic bureaucracy, public service, television and citizen participation, and city managers and city planners working together. Before returning to school for her doctorate, Johnson was a practicing city planner for eight years. While at the City of Liberty, Missouri, she was project manager for Liberty’s award winning Blueprint for Liberty: Land Use Plan. The plan was awarded the American Planning Association’s “Outstanding Planning Award” for the best plan in the country. She is currently the Professional Development Officer for the Kansas Chapter of APA and serves on the AICP Ethics Committee.