This excerpt from PM Magazine discusses conflicts of interest among Planning Commissioners, and ways to combat them. Sometimes, new commissioners could use an orientation on conflicts of interest. It also discusses the importance of streamlining the process to avoid too much time consumption.
The City of Brunswick’s planning commission relies on individual proposals of planning commissioners to vote on commission decisions, with the requirement of a comprehensive proposal for each project.
The City of Windsor Heights also has a Commission with individual recommendations, with very clear policies on levels of detail in reports.
A number of places designate individuals or committees to oversee such approvals in person. Here is an example of each:
Mountain View Community Development Director: http://bookstore.icma.org/freedocs/mlgs/jobdescriptionCommunity_Development_Director.pdf
Central Point Building Department:
Let us know if this helps, and if you need any more information.
Knowledge Network Intern