http://TextTheMob.com provides free mobile phone polling or message boards to collect feedback at events, workshops, etc. Great way to get any audience involved!
If you are completing a minor variance staff report on rear and side yard set backs.... you are not suppose to add in residents comments in the report to Committee of adjustment correct?
The way I see it is that we are looking for all of the technicalities within the planning, fire, hydro etc services and the CofA deals with the neighbours... am I correct???
From the ADL: Idiot Legal Arguments: A Casebook for Dealing with Extremist Legal Arguments. From the site:
What follows this introduction is a truly extraordinary collection of cases and decisions dealing with the "paper terrorism" tactics of the so-called "patriot" movement. While some members of this movement prefer the use of guns or bombs, the weapons of choice for many others are harassing lawsuits, harassing filings, bogus documents ranging from counterfeit money to counterfeit identification cards, tax protest arguments, and many related activities. Often these tactics are accompanied by bizarre legal or, more accurately, pseudolegal language. Many people who encounter such tactics for the first time are surprised and sometimes confused by the strange and unexpected arguments that show up in the courtroom.
Bernard Sussman has compiled the most extensive collection ever of legal citations and rulings related to these "patriot" arguments. This exhaustive concordance will be a valuable resource to attorneys and judges who will be thankful to discover that previous courts have often dealt with these issues before. However, this guide is also useful to laymen and others outside the judicial system willing to wade through all the citations. It is particularly valuable in helping people to understand the energy and ingenuity with which these extremist individuals seek to undermine or pervert the legal system through radical reinterpretations of our society’s laws. Taken together, these arguments, frivolous though they may be, represent an assault on the judicial system by people who would like to consider themselves immune to the laws that govern modern society. In putting together this collection of precedents, Bernard Sussman has provided a great service to all who wish to see the laws preserved.
Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey
In general, especially for non-professional planners the following link offers a wealth of information. Of special note: The interactive visualizing density is a great tool to help people understand the truth about density, but Lincoln has research publications on everything from valuation and taxation to NIMBYism.
If you live in Virginia, this is an excellent source for information:
If you live in CA, this is a good article with links to other great ideas:
The following website is useful as it provides some basic definitions and concepts which are universally applicable (see "Planners Toolbox"), while it is particularly useful within an Australian and South Australian context in regard to planning systems and processes.