Justin Steinmann, AICP, is Principal Planner for the City of Auburn, Alabama.
In many ways, the Great Recession has been a frightening
time for planners. As development slowed, the flow of applications submitted
for new development slowed from its torrent at the height of the housing boom
to the trickle it is today. With the
decline in applications came a decline in workload for public-sector planners
working in current planning roles and a decline in revenue for the
jurisdictions that employed them. The
end result was hundreds of planners being laid off, and private-sector planning
firms competing with one another for ever-decreasing shares of work from public-
and private-sector clients.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 8:28pm PDT
You have heard it, or seen it, before. A developer comes in for a presubmittal meeting, and he is excited. He has the best project your city has ever seen, and, when all is said and done, he insists that the city will never be the same. And he’s right.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:08am PST