This thread may have come up before, but I will post anyways.
Is it common for long range planning goals to be compromised where current and long range planners work for seperate divisions? I work for a juridiction where many of our long range planners have never touched a land use permit, yet they are responsible for drafting the policys that development must conform to.
In your experiences, does it even matter if long range and current planners work under one division? What are the pros and cons of having them work together?
My jurisdiction used to have a single planning department, but in the early 90's, the city manager decided to divide it as a way to better serve our 'customers' (public), with current planners working closer with engineers and inspectors while long range planners work closer with economic development, arts, and neighborhood organizing groups.
Any feedback is good. Thanks.