A planning position has opened in a nearby community and I intend to apply for it. I know this particular community well and think it would be a good fit. The job posting asks for several letters of recommendation. I have a few professional colleagues whom would be more than happy to write letters for me, but these colleagues are not people who I've worked on actual projects with - they are people that I've done work with on various activities with the local APA chapter or who I've met through conferences and have stayed in touch with. The colleagues and board members that I've worked on projects with who work in my particular community cannot serve as references as I don't want to make it known that I'm pursuing another position.
Do fellow planners and other professionals with whom you've never worked on a work project with (but are still more than willing to vouch for you) make appropriate sources for recommendations?