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San Joaquin Valley Planner's Toolkit Peer Review Network Fact Sheet

In order to ensure that the Planner's Toolkit reflects the needs and issues facing the Valley, we have organized a Planner's Toolkit Peer Review Network (PRN) in an important endeavor to improve and expand sustainable planning resources available to Valley planners.

 What is the Planner’s Toolkit Peer Review Network (PRN)?

The Planner’s Toolkit Peer Review Network (PRN) is an ad-hoc group of experts from a wide variety of agencies, organizations, and professions that critique and provide input on refinement and expansion of the Planner’s Toolkit. The PRN is responsible for reviewing and commenting on Planner’s Toolkit functions, new tools, tool comments and refinements, and changes to tool content (e.g., descriptions, images, examples, templates, resources).

Who can join the PRN?

Membership on the PRN is voluntary and open to all local planners from cities and counties located within the San Joaquin Valley; representatives of regional, State, and Federal agencies and organizations; faculty and students from colleges and universities; interested consulting firms; and other applicable groups and individuals.

 What does being a member of the PRN entail?

PRN members provide much needed assistance by reviewing and providing feedback on the Toolkit’s functions, new tools, and changes to content. However, members are not asked to review voluminous sets of materials, attend long meetings, or provide detailed comments.  In fact, members are not asked to attend any meetings or participate in any conference calls. Draft materials are sent via email no more than once per month (and likely less frequently) and members provide feedback directly to the Toolkit Administrator, who uses that direction to make changes to the Toolkit. 

What types of materials does the PRN review?

PRN members only review tools and materials pertaining to their experience, expertise, or individual interests based on one or more topical areas that correspond to the themes that organize Planner Toolkit tools: Land Use, Community Design, Housing, Healthy Communities, Transportation, Infrastructure, Parks and Recreation, Economic Vitality, Energy Conservation, Agricultural Preservation, Natural Resource Conservation, Air Quality, Safety, and Other Tools and Techniques.

How does the review process work?

Timing for review and refinement of the Toolkit is as follows:

1.     Each month, the Toolkit Administrator gathers and summarizes comments, content contributions, and associated attachments for existing and new tools and Planners Toolkit functions, and recommends modifications to the Planners Toolkit.

2.     By the 15th of each month the Toolkit Administrator delivers the summary and associated attachments and recommendations to the appropriate PRN volunteers for review and comment.

3.     By the 25th of each month PRN members provides direction (i.e., comments and refinements) on the Toolkit Administrator recommendations. If no PRN direction is provided, the Toolkit Administrator recommendations are deemed accepted.  The PRN may request a meeting to discuss any questions or issues related to a recommended modification.

4.     By the 30th/31st of each month the Toolkit Administrator updates the Planners Toolkit based on its recommendations and direction from the PRN.

Proposed changes for the review process

As the Fresno State Community and Regional Planning Center transitions into its new role as the webmaster for the Blueprint Toolkit, we are proposing the above review process be updated so it is carried out on a quarterly basis. The proposed changes are as follows:

How does the review process work?

Timing for review and refinement of the Toolkit is as follows:

1.     Each quarter, the Toolkit Administrator gathers and summarizes comments, content contributions, and associated attachments for existing and new tools and Planners Toolkit functions, and recommends modifications to the Planners Toolkit.

2.     Two weeks before the end of the quarter, the Toolkit Administrator delivers the summary and associated attachments and recommendations to the appropriate PRN volunteers for review and comment.

3.     One week before the end of the quarter, PRN members provides direction (i.e., comments and refinements) on the Toolkit Administrator recommendations. If no PRN direction is provided, the Toolkit Administrator recommendations are deemed accepted.  The PRN may request a meeting to discuss any questions or issues related to a recommended modification.

4.     By the end of the quarter, the Toolkit Administrator updates the Planners Toolkit based on its recommendations and direction from the PRN.

These proposed changes will be discussed in further detail at the next Valley Planners' Network meeting on March 4th, 2013.

 How can I join the PRN?

Contact Phil Siegrist (psiegrist@csufresno.edu) or Rachel Audino (raudino@csufresno.edu) via email or telephone (559) 294-6021.