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Blogger Bio:  Lee Nellis, FAICP, of Round River Planning has been helping citizens have a say in conservation, land use, and water quality issues since 1974. His articles here on the NCDD blog are part of Following the Energy, a column on the art of the public engagement.  He hopes his tales on the public process are instructive for NCDDers, and asks that you add your comments and let him know what you think!

Following the Energy: It’s Not a Wheel

“Let’s not reinvent the wheel.” You’ve all heard that one, haven’t you? Here’s my story about how this most unfortunate aphorism impacts public deliberations. Long, long ago, and in what sometimes seems like a galaxy far, far away, but is actually just down the road, two communities shared a border. One was larger and one was smaller, but their landscapes and economies were far more alike than different. One of these communities responded to the impacts of growth by instituting a neighborhood-based planning approach and […] (continue)

The Event at the Red Church

Imagine that it is the bleak end of winter in the Yellowstone high country. You are working with an advisory committee appointed by a county planning commission. This committee and a few other regular participants – 10-12 people altogether – have been meeting every other week in a small upstairs room in an old brick church that is now a community building. The members of the advisory committee have been steadily working their way through an issues workbook that helps them systematically develop comprehensive planning […] (continue)

Following the Energy

I am delighted to join the NCDD’s team of bloggers and look forward to sharing my experience and learning from yours. At least at the beginning, this blog will be based on a column I write for The Western Planner, a publication that serves as the newsletter for the associations of professional planners in 14 western states. If you are a planner, or interested in land use and planning issues, you might want to subscribe. You can find out how at http://westernplanner.org/. I hope also […] (continue)