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  1. #1
    Jun 2010
    Morganton, NC

    New Member finding his way

    Hi all,

    I would like to introduce myself. I was schooled in Community and Regional Planning but the position I was hired for and have performed thus far in my short career is that of Zoning Administrator. The county in which I live and work is fairly large (512 sq, miles), however there is not much actual "planning" taking place. For the most part the Planner reviews an occasional minor subdivision plat and administers two CDBG grants and that is about the extent of their job.

    We are in the process of updating our 17 year old Comprehensive Plan through a series of Small Area Plans, but that work is contracted out. I felt I needed to get back in touch with planning as a discipline and hope this forum will help me do so.

    I am also beginning to study for the AICP exam. If anyone has any suggestions or study hints please let me know. I have heard others mention the "Green Book". Does anyone here recommend it?

    Looking forward to interacting with you,

    Pete Minter

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    Cyburbian Plus JNA's avatar
    Jun 2003
    De Noc
    Welcome !

    Quote Originally posted by pminter View post
    I am also beginning to study for the AICP exam. If anyone has any suggestions or study hints please let me know. I have heard others mention the "Green Book". Does anyone here recommend it?
    If you use the search function we have had several threads about applying for and studying for the exam.

    Yes the Green Book is on the recommended study lists.
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    OH....IO Hink's avatar
    Jan 2005
    Hang on Sloopy...land
    Welcome from the Great State of Ohio! Check out the Career subforum for lots of AICP info. Welcome and please join in!
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    Cyburbian dandy_warhol's avatar
    Aug 2005
    Hello from New York!

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    Cyburbian Salmissra's avatar
    Aug 2004
    Central Texas
    Hello, from Dallas, TX!

    I've never owned, borrowed, or opened the Green Book. I passed the AICP test without it. However, I strongly recommend that you join or form a study group of other test takers. Research has shown that those who study in a group have a higher first-time pass rate, than those that study alone.
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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
    Aug 2005
    in a meeting
    welcome from downeast Maine!

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    Cyburbian ursus's avatar
    Dec 2008
    Northern Utah
    Welcome from Utah. Lots of information and discussion about the AICP exam prep activities. I've found lots of it to be helpful, as I'm preparing too.
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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives
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