CMSC’s Community Engagement Director, Susan Westa, was published recently in Practicing Planner, the online journal of the American Planning Association.  Ms. Westa was co-author of a longitudinal study, “Education Needs of Land-Use Decision Makers in Rural Southern New England,” along with Robert M. Ricard, and Paula Stahl, AICP.

The article reports on the results of a longitudinal needs assessment survey conducted by the Green Valley Institute (GVI).  GVI surveyed land-use decision makers in rural Southern New England in 2000, 2005 and 2010.  This new study reports on the 2010 survey results and methods, then compares them with the earlier needs assessments.  The results will be used to inform planners on the evolving educational needs of volunteer land-use decision makers in rural communities and the value of different survey techniques.

Education Needs of Land-Use Decision Makers in Rural Southern New England: A Longitudinal Study
(Article reprinted with the permission of American Planning Association)