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Planning Commissioner Training Series
Friday, November 9, 2007 - 10:00am to Friday, November 9, 2007 - 11:00am

The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association (OAPA) is partnering with the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University to provide a monthly, nine-part training series for planning commissioners. Trainings are every 2nd Friday at 10AM from October through June. They will be streamed live on the web. The presentations help to fulfill OAPA's goal of providing education and outreach about planning to public officials, allied professions, students, educators, interest groups, the media, and the public at large. As a result, the sessions are open to the public, free to attend, and free to view online. Sessions will also be archived for viewing at your convenience. Finally, we have a * new feature - *you can ask questions in real time that will be answered by the presenter in the last 10 minutes by sending an email to the following address:

When: Friday, November 9th, 2007, 10:00-11:00 am
Speaker: Adrianne Brockman
Topic: Quasi-judicial Land Use Decision Making Part 1
Where: 205 Urban Center at Portland State University

Adrianne Brockman will speak in depth about the land use hearings process. She will cover topics including: required announcements; ex parte contacts, bias and conflict of interest; the order of testimony; the Planning Commission as a fact finding body and the process for gathering facts; issues that may arise during the hearing; findings; conditions of approval; and the final decision. Adrianne has had a forty-year career in land use planning; twenty years as a planner and twenty years as a municipal attorney. She served for nine years on a Planning Commission, served as a hearings officer, and taught hearings procedures at Portland State University for many years. She has conducted Planning Commissioner training for many jurisdictions.

Want to watch live and participate? Go to this website: and click on 'Distance Learning Center Stream #3' on the left side of page) You can also Download the Comission Training Packet and follow along with the session.

The archived event will be available to watch or download for later use, go to

The final schedule for the trainings will be announced in November. Topics will include Planning Fundamentals and History, Citizen

Please feel free to email George Zaninovich with questions and comments at