Stephen Troskey, Planner
One of the hallmarks of a small town is that we see each other regularly; at the grocery store, the watering hole, or the implement dealer. It can be tempting to discuss upcoming Planning Commission business when asked about a specific item, but it is a best practice to invite residents to attend the next meeting instead of having what is called Ex-parte communication. All communication and dialogue should be held in a public setting.
Here are a few simple dos and don’ts that may be obvious to some, but extremely important to follow in order to be ethical and move your town forward in the right direction;
- Abstain if you have a conflict of interest
- Speak up, right from the start
- Approve items based on application facts
- Be afraid to disagree with other commissioners in a respectful way
- Be afraid to ask questions
- Approve items based on promises or good ideas
Want to learn more about the Dos and Don’ts of Planning Commissions?