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    Cyburbian plankton's avatar
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    Planning commissioner training

    I am in search of any documents, manuals, links, words of wisdom, etc. that you may have for Planning Commissioner training.

    Does your jursidiction have a "new commissioner packet"?

    Anybody familiar with the 'Planning Commissioner Training Manual' that is sold through APA? Any other good publications that you are aware of?

    btw, I am a county planner in Oregon.

    Thanks, 'burbia.

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    Try the Michigan State University Extension

    They have a lot of educational info.

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    We do this every year with our county planning commission, PM me with your work address and i'll mail you a copy, I'll see if i have it digitally also

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    We do have a new commissioner training packet, but it is very focused on New York State laws, policies and procedures.

    PM me for a list of materials; it could give you some helpful ideas.
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    Thanks. And to think, I spent three years in E.L. and never once read the MSU Extension Guide to County Zoning (figures since I was a Civil Engineering student) .

    The handbook from Wisconsin also looks good.

    This is a great start -- I don't want to be greedy but electronic versions of these, or other, training manuals would really be appreciated.

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    Also try the Planning Commissioner's Journal (http://www.plannersweb.com/index.html). They have a good "Welcome to the Planning Commission" Handbook that I have used. It has a lot of good stuff.

    One of the things I have used from them is the "Top Ten Stupid Tricks for Planning Commissioners" it includes: "Overreading the staff report. Don't point out all the errors in grammatics and puncuation in public; don't try to impress by memorizing all the technical details." That one I particularly point out during their orientation.

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    I have an orientation I use for new members. I've used to 2 states and it works well. Pmail me if you would like a copy. As for continuing education/training, check out the Kentucky-American Planning Assocation (KAPA) website. Several years back, Kentucky passed maditory continuing ed for PC members.
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