For AICP Region 1 — 2002

Position Statement of

Gary T. Johnson

Also see:
Why We’re Running in Region 1
Don's Complete Biography

Region I includes: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and in Canada: Ontario, Quebec, and Canadian Maritime Provinces.


Associate Dean, 2001+: School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; previously Director School of Urban and Regional Planning, Department Chair and Graduate Director. Assistant Professor, Michigan State University; Instructor, University of Pennsylvania.
    Licensed Professional Planner, NJ; City Planner: Philadelphia; City of New York; Toronto, Ontario.
    Researcher, or consultant to the New Jersey Governor, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, HUD, United Nations.
    Distinguished Service Award, New Jersey APA, 1984; AICP Outstanding Service Award, 1978; APA Award Best Feature Article in JAPA, 1996.

Chair, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Highland Park, NJ, 1980-1983.

Vice-President, Middlesex Interfaith Partners with the Homeless; Alliance for Affordable Housing Board.

Author: Urban Planning Analysis: Methods and Models; dozens of books and articles.

President, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, 1987-1989; Planning Accreditation Board, 1980-1984; Editor, APA Journal; editorial boards: JAPA, Town Planning Review, Planning Perspectives. Secretary, New Jersey APA Chapter, 1974.

University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. and MCP; Michigan State University, B.S. Urban Planning.

Position Statement

Priorities! AICP has got to get them straight.

AICP’s misplaced priorities have taken AICP far from its mission to foster quality continuing education, ethics, school accreditation, and credentialing planners.

I’m very honored to be a Fellow of AICP. But the Fellows program is budgeted to spend $107,735 of our AICP dues on building a an unneeded bureaucracy of officers and bylaws for its 180 members rather performing the one mission assigned to FAICP: mentoring young planners. Wrongheaded priorities….

Established to support planners who risk their jobs to plan ethically — such as promoting inclusionary planning and zoning — the Planners Support Committee should be fully funded and staffed so it can help planners do their jobs in accord with the AICP Code of Professional Conduct. Creating a climate in which planners can plan ethically should among AICP’s top priorities.

Instead of trying to impose mandatory continuing education on us to keep our AICP membership, providing voluntary top quality, affordable, and accessible continuing education locally, regionally, and nationally should be the higher AICP priority.

Making planning education the best it can be should be a top priority. Working with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Planning Accreditation Board, let’s consider creating a program where academicians can periodically change places with municipal and regional planners for a year to gain practical experience and enable practitioners to bring their insights to the planning classroom.

Meeting our members’ pragmatic needs through achieving AICP’s mission should be “Priority One.”

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