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Planning Ethics


Understand the importance of ethics in planning.

Examine situational ethics, perspectives on ethical responsibilities, and standards for decision making to be a truly ethical planner.Planners of all types – public sector, consultants, elected and appointed officials – are constantly bombarded with competing interest, demands, and allegiances. The overarching consideration in most of their decision making is how to do their jobs ethically, but the path forward is not always clear.
This topic will sharpen the planner’s focus of what are the ethical issues, how do these seemingly intractable problems present themselves, in what ways might they be addressed, and by what standards should planners be guided. This material will provide the knowledge and skills essential to being a truly ethical planner and thereby to be effective in making decisions and avoiding potential criticism and liability.

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David L. Yearout, AICP, CFM

David L. Yearout, AICP, CFM

Junction City, Milford and Geary County, Kansas

  • Director of Planning and Zoning for Junction City, Milford and Geary County, Kansas
  • More than 43 years of experience in local government planning
  • Responsible for the administration and enforcement of local development codes, including developing cases for prosecution and testifying in court
  • Advises numerous cities and counties on “special” planning efforts, including establishment of Joint Planning Commissions through Interlocal Agreements and unique operation
  • Conducts training seminars for local officials on ethics, procedural issues regarding public hearings, and the challenges of local zoning enforcement
Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP

Dwight Merriam, Attorney at Law

  • Founded Robinson & Cole LLP’s Land Use Group in 1978
  • Represents land owners, developers, governments and individuals in land use matters
  • Fellow and former president of the American Institute of Certified Planners, former director of the American Planning Association, immediate past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of State and Local Government Law, fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Teaches Historic Preservation Law at Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • Named to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in the area of Land Use Law since 2006 and is in the Top 100 New England Super Lawyers (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Featured speaker at many land use seminars, and presents monthly audio land use seminars for the International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • J.D. degree, Yale; Masters’ degree in regional planning, University of North Carolina; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Massachusetts
Hiram W. Peck, III, AICP, CFM

Hiram W. Peck, III, AICP, CFM

Town of Avon

  • Director of Planning and Community Development for the town of Avon, Connecticut
  • More than 25 years of experience working with municipalities, the federal government/USDA, regional planning agencies and private clients
  • Working on a variety of issues connected with the creation of a new Village Center with the goal being creation of a cohesive Village Center with the look and feel of an integral part of the Town with the amenities needed to make it a significant, desirable place for pedestrians, cyclists, visitors and residents alike
  • Past senior planner and then assistant town planner in Greenwich, CT for seven years and did coastal application reviews, complex applications and assisted with the update of the POCD
  • Taught science at the secondary level and geology at the college level and is also currently a consulting planner, a Certified Flood Plain Manager and a licensed arborist
  • Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and the American Institute of Certified Planners
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