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    Ethics question

    As a planner in a municipality would it be ethical to work your own development projects on the side within the jurisdiction if you recused yourself from any review/decisions having to do with your project?

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    Any way you slice it - the perception would be conflict of interest - so NO.

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    No.

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    Don't do it.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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    This is AICP ethics 101 here....

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    No not a good idea, but...in adjacent jurisdictions I don't see a problem.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Unequivocally NO.
    Batter up!

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    No-it's unethical plus it puts you in a potential conflict of interest position. Like mendeman said, if want to pick up some consulting money on the side, do in an different jurisdiction.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    I agree that the answer is basically no. Having said that, I have known of political figures in the past that have done this. But that's not really relevant here.

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    nope

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    Ask yourself this question first:

    Are you Tony Soprano? If no, fuggetaboutit.

    If Yes,

    Here's how:

    -Pay off the right people,

    -Get the right shifty lawyers

    -Get organized crime on your side with a cut in the action (of course, if things go awry, you risk your kneecaps or worse....)

    -Get a district leader or representative of the local machine (usually Republicans will scratch your back, or if your in Chicago, democrats) to back your project

    -Pay off or do a favor for a Union Boss so they don't complain when you don't pay prevailing wages to save a little extra cash

    -Make sure you get a tax break (or if you know the right people, just dont pay em!)

    Of course this is wholly unethical, can cost you your AICP certification, you risk criminal charges and maybe even jail time but this is how megaprojects have been getting built for years!

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