One of the topics I'm going to be highlighting in the Fall issue of the Planning Commissioners Journal is the use of visuals at planning commission meetings.
I was impressed during my cross-country travels this Summer by the excellent use of visuals displayed on screens or monitors during meetings -- in terms of providing information about projects on the agenda (e.g., geographic context of project; site plans; review criteria; etc).
I'd like to hear from any planners who could provide some advice or tips -- based on their own experience -- on what works best (and what doesn't work well) in displaying information to planning commissioners and the public during meetings. Also, what sort of time (and money) investment this may involve.
fyi, here are two of my trip reports that mentioned commission meetings where good visuals were used:
-- Jefferson City, Missouri
-- Montrose, Colorado
Editor, Planning Commissioners Journal
[reports from along U.S. Route 50: www.rte50.com]