How do the private sector planners out there like staffing their client communities' planning office?
I must say I like it! I get a break from my normal cubicle and I get to see new people facing a wide range of issues. Every town has its own set of colorful characters. Plus, in terms of the overall experience for my career, I get to see firsthand how different mindsets respond to similar issues. Some communities give me free reign and let me do my planning thing, and others run a tight ship and tell me what to do. There are only two downsides that I can think of. First, it's the travel. Long trips can be a real downer sometimes. And then there's the schizophrenia that sets in when I'm really busy because I can't keep nothing straight - Was that code violation in Derbyton or Ville de Chapeau? But overall, it's rewarding with a diverse group of folks.
What do you think? How goes this kind of consulting gig for you?