PPS is excited to announce a new collaboration with the Planning Commissioner’s Journal (PCJ), the nation’s principal publication designed for citizen planners. Through this collaboration, PPS will bring its international experience and Placemaking stories to the more than 6,800 PCJ subscribers across the US and Canada.

This partnership is an important step toward increasing Placemaking capacity and knowledge among PCJ readers who include elected officials, members of local planning commissions and zoning boards and others involved in decision-making about the built environment.

Planning Commissioners Journal readers share many of the same interests and values as PPS members: a desire to strengthen downtowns; a deep interest in promoting civic values; and an understanding of the critical importance of involving local residents and businesses in decision-making.

As part of this partnership, PPS will share articles about the core concepts of Placemaking as well as our many resources and stories on strengthening public markets and local economies, creating public multi-use destinations, and many other topics. PPS’ resources will be featured in a “centerfold” in the PCJ’s quarterly publication and will also appear on the PCJ’s website.

In return, PPS.org will feature PCJ articles on topics like transportation, livability, and helpful how-to’s for overcoming challenges citizen planners frequently encounter including tips on how to deal with the media, put together a comprehensive plan, run an effective meeting, and develop good staff-commissioner relations.

More About the PCJ

Now in its 19th year, the Planning Commissioners Journal is the nation’s principal publication designed for citizen planners, including (but certainly not limited to) members of local planning commissions and zoning boards. Over 6,800 citizen planners across the U.S. and Canada receive the PCJ. PCJ columns and articles are tailored to meet the needs many citizen planners ask for: plain English explanations of planning and land use issues; insightful ideas on how planning boards can work better; and understandable explanations of basic planning law principles.