Selected open ended responses…
Specialty Courses in 2017:
“[I enjoyed most] Data backed info on creative ideas for water management.”
“[I enjoyed most] Plausibility of proposed ideas.”
“[I enjoyed most] High quality, well informed speakers.”
“[The most significant thing I learned] That the environmental / low impact development ideas could be cost saving.“
“[The most significant thing I learned] How to add hazard mitigation planning into other conversations I would not have in the past.“
“[The most significant thing I learned] Unlikely partnerships & collaboration.“
2017 Citizen Planner Flooding and Stormwater Specialty Course.
Planning Foundations Course in 2017:
“Course is terrific!”
“[I enjoyed most] Sharing the knowledge and experiences with attendees and instructors.”
“[I enjoyed most] The detailed information and the awesome power points!”
“[I enjoyed most] The speakers were fantastic.”
“[I enjoyed most] The laws of planning.”
“[The most significant thing I learned] Everything.“
“[The most significant thing I learned] That inviting the official who has no knowledge/experience in Planning for future city growth yet approves funding for your city is a good idea.“
“[The most significant thing I learned] The integration of various legal, planning, and governance concerns.“
2017 Citizen Planner Plan Implementation and Development Review class during the Foundations Course.
Texas Citizen Planner Program 2013-2014:
“[I enjoyed most] The creative ways that cities got money and improved. Loved hearing from the people who actually pulled off the changes. The program was more than I expected.”
“I thought the experience level of the instructor for each class was top notch. The presentations were best helped along by the graphs, pictures, and personal experience each instructor had in relation to the issue being studied. Students were free to ask questions, make comments and ask for more clarity on subjects they were interested in. Also, many things discussed in class were issues several participants were dealing with in their respective cities or relevent to what communities are now facing.”
“I learned about planning and it’s impact on the development of an area both environmentally and economically. The different viewpoints from the class participants about the interdependence of how community and government can create opportunity and growth while preserving the aesthetics of our environment as it impacted their communities. The benefits of the class instruction on developing [a] better understanding of the planning process and how the different components were instrumental in changing how I look at the information supplied by city staff to the Planning & Zoning Commission for our meetings. The fact that most Planning & Zoning Commission members actually don’t understand their roles and the impact of their decisions was really brought home to me throughout this entire class. ” – Barbara Tague, City of Tomball. Planning and Zoning Commission.
2014 Citizen Planner Capstone Class using the CHARM application.