OK I know it is Friday morning… but I need to vent. I do not understand the reverence that the Senior Planner as for the FORMER Senior Planner and now Chair of the Planning Commission. He is an Old School Planner, where is only planning knowledge comes from his job as the city planner. He does not feel that APA has anything to offer, that computers are a fad. He has done several redevelopment plans for the city, but only ONE has actually happened, and it failed to do what it was intended to do. Don’t get me wrong, this guy does know the area, and has a lot of hands on knowledge. But he is unwilling to learn from anyone else. He is the type that would follow the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It is not because he can not lean them, but he does not want to. The part that bothers me is our senior planner, who is looking at going for his AICP next year, is willing to learn new things. The Senior Planner (current) was offered to teach members of other municipalities about Smart Growth. He recommended that the old senior planner (now chair of our commission) do it. I am confident that he does not know much if anything about Smart Growth. And he is recommended to teach it? WHERE AM I, THE TWILIGHT ZONE? I understand that we should have respect for those who have planned before us because they have a lot of hands on knowledge to offer us, but when it comes to new concepts for them, and how to apply them, when they are not willing to learn about new ideas, is that such a good idea?
OK… now I am done and I feel better.
Does anyone else deal with similar stressful situations?