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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005

    Current workload

    Since we have a variety of planners, professionals and specialities on this board, I thought it would be interesting to see what type of projects on which people are currently working.

    What are the top 3 projects/priorities/initiatives that you, personally, are working on? And what is your role?

    1. Brownfield Redevelopment Plan - Project Manager
    2. Community Health Assessment - Research/Analysis
    3. Improving Review Process - Coordinate & Implement
    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. -Martin Luther King Jr.

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    Cyburbian cch's avatar
    Mar 2006
    Machesney Park, IL
    1. Comprehensive Planning - I'm working on two Town plans on my own, and helping wrap up our countywide plan.

    2. Prep Work to get a PDR Program off the ground - I've been livening up my day by doing some research and groundwork on Purchase of Development Rights. We've got the money to get a program started, and government and community support (for the most part). Still a lot of outreach and education that I've been involved with. When this thing gets started (after comp planning is done) I'll be one of the lead people to design our program. Finally... some work I'm excited about!

    3. And lastly, just the day to day review of land-divisions, answering questions about ordinances, and stuff like that.

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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003
    1. Comp Plan update
    2. 2010 Census - did LUCA & PSAP - now Complete Count Committee
    3. Code research
    4. CRS - Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan update

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    Dec 2006
    1. Proposal work (just sent one for a comp plan last night).
    2. Review work (still very light, have a couple coming in next week).
    3. Expert-Witness Exhibits (on hold until I hear back from attorneys)
    4. Comprehensive Plan (graphics revisions, waiting until I hear back from client)
    5. Site Design? ("might" be brought into this project, although it's on very steep grading so it might be handed over to the landscape architect).
    "This is great, honey. What's the crunchy stuff?"
    "M&Ms. I ran out of paprika."

    Family Guy

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    Cyburbian wahday's avatar
    May 2005
    New Town
    I think my work is quite different from many. We do a lot of grass roots community development work with a number of local communities.

    1. Waking up community garden for season (new items include adding raised beds, rainwater harvesting infrastructure and large scale composting) - I am the garden director
    2. Planning Housing Forum event for end of April - committee chair
    3. Compiling Community Resource Directory (including collating results of community needs survey) - committee member
    3. Seeking funding and planning for fall community parade and fiesta event - planning committee chair
    4. Shopping around phase I of landscape master plan (to City, to donors, etc.) - project lead
    5. Managing small grant program (deadline was monday, review is in 2 weeks) - program officer
    6. Wrangling with boss and limited budget to implement recommendations from recent energy audit. - thorn in side
    The purpose of life is a life of purpose

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
    Dec 2001
    West Valley, AZ
    1) An open space aquisition prioritization plan and methodology.
    2) Our 10-Year General Plan update (we get 11 months )
    3) Census 2010 complete count committee
    4) various development, zoning, cases
    5) Edit the 2009 "growth trends" report.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Cyburbian Raf's avatar
    Feb 2007
    Playing at a movie theater near you
    1) Proposal Writing (just wrapped up a proposal for 58 sq. mi. Area Plan for a County; Waiting to find out if we won a corridor plan for project management/community outreach in conjunction with Cal Poly Students; and now starting this week a comprehensive zoning update for a municipality)

    2) Specific Plan Final review/EIR review (hoping to send out at the end of the month

    3) Preparation of Public meeting presentation materials for same Specific Plan

    4) CUP application for church expansion

    5) In-house firestation planning application in combo with architects

    6) California APA Central Chapter Award Submittal

    7) Pro-bono work
    No Signature Required

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    Cyburbian chupacabra's avatar
    Nov 2008
    1) working on a series of General Managemant Plan related projects for 13 different federal land units. This takes most of my time.

    2) doing preliminary research for a new national monument whose GMP I will be working on (lots of site visits/field work this summer).

    3) prepping for an uncoming (starts this summer) Wilderness Management Plan.

    4) preparing Stimulus related projects to be sent out to contractors.

    5) starting an EA and plan (design will be contracted out) for a greenway that will connect a small town to a national park.

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    Cyburbian permaplanjuneau's avatar
    Jul 2004
    Juneau, AK

    I love my job (except the database part)

    1) City-wide (Enterprise) database conversion project--Land Management Business Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert
    2) Noise Ordinance (Disturbing the Peace and Land Use based parts)--Legeslative Liason to Law Dept. for Community Development Department
    3) Affordable Housing/Transit Oriented Development Ordinance--Legeslative Liason to Law Dept. for Community Development Department
    4) Implementing recently adopted Transit Development Plan (on which I was the Project Manager)--thorn in side of policy makers/transit advocate/guy making the Transportation/Land Use connection
    5) Parking Management--thorn in side of policy makers/guy making the Transportation/Land Use connection

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    Cyburbian MacheteJames's avatar
    Jun 2005
    NYC area
    1) Project manager for a residential & commercial architectural guidelines project. I'm putting together an RFP to go out to consultants and am working with a committee made up of members from the PB, ZBA, and Historic Review Commission to make sure it's to their liking.

    2) Project manager for an historic resource inventory project. We're cataloging all National Register, NR eligible, and potentially eligible structures and are producing a guide.

    3) Creating a development review primer for public use. It'll break down the application process for the land use boards and hopefully demystify a lot of the seemingly byzantine aspects of it.

    4) Taking our environmental council through the EIR process for a new comp plan and zoning update that is in the Final EIS stage (i.e. wrapping up).

    5) Working with a rep from East Coast Greenway, one from county planning, and the pres. of the county bike club to put together a countywide bike summit next month to promote bikes as a viable transportation option and promote bike safety & awareness.

    5) Day to day stuff - public inquiries, plan review, investigating and writing grants as necessary.

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Cheese State
    1. Getting my business up and running - insurance, various filings, web site, marketing materials, employees, databases, etc.
    2. Existing projects - two comprehensive plans, expert witness, economic development study
    3. Proposals - got to get more work
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    top 3?

    1. controversial Planning Board permits
    2. Ordinance amendments for fall town meeting
    3. billing for grants so my finance director doesn't shoot me

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    Cyburbian btrage's avatar
    May 2005
    Metro Detroit
    1. Yes....we know the house is in foreclosure.....once the bank takes possession we'll contact it so it can take care of the trash and debris on the property.

    2. New Parks and Recreation Plan.

    3. Other current planning stuff...
    "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany"

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    1. COPS grant application
    2. Compatability error corrections in GIS
    3. Updating all application forms
    4. Trying to sidestep the gotcha politics prevalent here

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    Cyburbian Salmissra's avatar
    Aug 2004
    Central Texas
    Since we're so compartmentalized, my non-standard projects are few and far between. Current work load consists of the following:

    -Plat review (and therefore staff reports and presentations to Commission)
    -Street Name Change requests (feast or famine - once time I had 4 going, right now I have one that can't get off the ground)
    -Updating the city-wide Development Guide - done except for the charts
    -Predevelopment meeting research and attendence - running about 4 a week

    Previous projects included streamlining the address change and address assignment process, updating the plat application packet and checklists, and the always fun submittal log.
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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    Jul 2007
    Tullinge Sweden
    1. designing and managing an international training programme on Local Environmental Management in Urban Areas - one for eastern and southern Africa, one for eastern Europe and the Balkans

    2. managing a Sustainability Review of Visakhapatnam, a large industrial port city on India's east coast; and specifically undertaking the coastal/marine component in the review.

    3. providing support in project cycle management to two countries involved in the 6-country post-tsunami Mangroves for the Future initiative. (www.mangovesforthefuture.org)

    4 designing and running an "International Project Management English" language course targeted at Swedish bureaucrats. Sweden's Government has decided that a number of national authorities should be directly involved in international development. The language of operations is English, and while the bureaucrats speak decent "social" English their skills in formal communications in the sphere of project design, management, monitoring and follow-up needs beefing up.

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    Cyburbian Plus Veloise's avatar
    May 2004
    Grand Rapids, Michigan (Detroit ex-pat since 2004)
    Previous title: real estate specialist (wireless communications company)
    Previous role: coordinating site aquisition for two midwestern states that share Lake Michigan
    Duties included: managing site acquisition contractors, handling lessor issues on existing sites, lease renewals.
    Light zoning duties.
    I had to explain to a zoning company why we should not be required to landscape the leased (by another company) tower compound on which we were collocating. (We do not own the property. Our only interest is in a collocation. Read the ordinance, RTFO.)
    I had to explain to a newly-hired small-town (pop 8,000) zoning admin why a full-blown approval process (planning commission, city council) should not be required on an antenna swap on a long-existing tower.
    Yes, I have been known to play the "I used to handle special land use approvals at the city of Detroit" card.

    New title (since the corp merger): Coord-NET operations
    Role: TBD
    Duties: TBD
    Looks like I am in charge of pulling together enhanced coverage for Mackinac Island, mostly for the big annual meeting of the Detroit Chamber of Commerce. I might get to play that same card again!

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    Cyburbian Planit's avatar
    Mar 2005
    In a 480 square foot ex baseball nacho stand
    1. Implementation of a new UDO (boy now thats fun times)
    2. Corridor study #1
    3. Greenways Plan
    4. Industrial Park design
    5. Corridor study #2
    6. Various crap that people keep throwing at me
    "Whatever beer I'm drinking, is better than the one I'm not." DMLW
    "Budweiser sells a product they reflectively insist on calling beer." John Oliver

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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast
    1. Comp Plan update...we're almost there
    2. JLUS with the Navy base
    3. LDR updates...and this is gonna get big when the new comp plan gets adopted
    Annoyingly insensitive

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