Councilmember Eric Johnson and I attended the Association of Washington Cities Elected Officials Essentials training this weekend in Lynnwood. The AWC folks managed to pack a lot of information into a bit less than two days, and I met some other interesting electeds, learned about other cities’ practices, and brought home a lot of good reading material. If you’re interested in reviewing some of it, here are a few links:
The event reminded me of the importance of continuing education in any field. Planning Commission Chair Laurie Gere’s comments at the last Planning Commission meeting were similarly on point: instead of a hearing examiner, let’s spend some time educating and training our Planning Commission. Although recently-retired Commissioner Clay Leming had a long background in land use, I don’t think any of our current commissioners do. The field of land use law is complicated, and we ought to give these dedicated volunteers all the training they need.