Good Food is Inefficient, and That’s the Point

The tech sector is finding new ways to make food efficient, and natural systems and cultural heritage across the country stand to be left behind. But food production is not the same as technology. Good food is inefficient, and that’s the point.

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Top ten unusual phone calls and how to handle them

Top ten unusual phone calls and how to handle them

Do you ever find yourself sitting at your computer - hanging up the phone from the most bizarre conversations? Here are some calls a Western planning office has receivedin 2017 so far and some tips on how to handle those unusual questions. by Amber A. Vogt

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Project Management for Public Sector Planners: How a Chance Encounter at a Starbucks Made Rachel’s Day

Project Management for Public Sector Planners: How a Chance Encounter at a Starbucks Made Rachel’s Day

The public sector is different than the private sector and, therefore, requires a different approach to managing projects. Terry A. Clark, AICP, PMP, who wrote Project Management for Planners, briefly reviews some concepts that he will present at the 2017 SDPA/Western Planner Conference.

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AN OLD PLANNER DOG LEARNS NEW TRICKS

Although the Internet and social media have made it possible to obtain input from virtually everyone in the community, summarizing input from hundreds or thousands of residents responding to a project website questionnaire is not an easy task, nor is the process of educating the public about the issues facing the community.  And the scope of a comprehensive plan has expanded over the years to include sustainability, resiliency, active and healthy living, mobility and livability.  Addressing these topics takes time, effort and creativity. by Alan White, AICP, Arapahoe County, Colorado

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GPS Control in the Last Frontier - Alaska

GPS Control in the Last Frontier - Alaska

GIS Tech Nancy Katkin with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Planning in Alaska had many adventures in the field. Her work allowed the Borough GIS technicians in the office to use the collected points, along with existing subdivision plats, to redraw the parcel layer to approximately the same accuracy level as the aerial photography layer.  by Angela Parker, AICP, CFM, and Nancy Veitch Katkin

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How GIS has helped Minot increase productivity

How GIS has helped Minot increase productivity

Most city departments in Minot, North Dakota are using the GIS map on a daily basis and are making requests for new information to be added. by Aleesha Erickson

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Planner’s Toolbox: Comprehensive planning revisited

Communities can have an influence on the development of their community through the adoption of a comprehensive plan. by Larry M. Weil

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PLANNER’S TOOLBOX: Seven steps for Onsight Inspections Done Right

Onsite inspection is a critical part of the project review process, and there are several important points to keep in mind in order to make this a successful endeavor. by Brad Stebleton

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Bargain GIS – ArcMap alternatives and other tools

Bargain GIS – ArcMap alternatives and other tools

An expert introduces a few software tools that even the casual GIS user may find useful. by Wells Williams, AICP

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