Planning Top Ten List
(The Oregon Planners' Journal, March 1997)
By Richard H. Carson
Top 10 Clues that you need to hire a different planning consultant:
#10. You notice that all of the certificates on their wall are signed by Sally Struthers. # 9.You find out that the public involvement coordinator of your project is an engineer. # 8.The consultant thinks that TGM is a evangelical television network called "Taking God's Money." #7.The introduction letter in the Statement of Qualifications says, "Getting in touch with your inner child is the key to a successful planning project." # 6.When discussing the budget for your project the consultant says, "I don't know, how much can you spend?" #5.Thinks that 1000 Friends of Oregon is a multi-level marketing program that sells biodegradable health care products. #4.When you look at their business card and ask what the letters "AICP" stand for, they have a blank look and say, "always instant chocolate pudding?" #3.Thinks ballot measure 50 is a pant size. #2.They take you for a drive in their Ferrari Testa Rosa and explain that you are their only client.
And the number one clue that you need to hire a different planning consultant is:
#1.Thinks "sustainability" is a chapter in the Joy of Sex.
by Richard H. Carson