Because of its status as an advisory body, the role of the planning commission is often not well understood by citizens, others in local government or even the commissioners themselves. This frequently leads to isolation or marginalization of the commission. This can be dangerous for good planning in a community. It is important for the elected body to carving out a place for the commission in the decision-making process. What can the commission do for itself to ensure relevance and effectiveness?
Elected officials, planning commissioners and board of adjustment members should review the following list in advance of hearing every application brought by a landowner to judge whether a situation might be present that would prevent them from taking part in the case: