National Community Planning Month

October is National Community Planning Month! Established in 2006 by the American Planning Association, National Community Planning Month is celebrated each October as a way to highlight the role of planners, including citizen planners and the importance of good planning in our communities. Planning is essential for our communities to prosper and maintain balance and cohesiveness. National Community Planning Month is a chance to raise the visibility of planning, the planning profession, and to highlight the positive impact it has on your community.

The City of Johnston recognizes local citizen planners; including members of the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment for the important role they have in the planning process. Each of these areas are featured below as they play a critical role in the planning and growth of our community. 

Throughout the month, please be watching the City’s publications and social media channels where we will be featuring the work of the City Council, Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning, the work of the planning staff, as well as the implementation efforts of our many planning related efforts that we’re all involved in, specifically the Town Center Redevelopment Plan, the Johnston 2030 Comp Plan, the Gateway Redevelopment Plan and the Watershed Assessment and Stormwater Management Plan.


The Johnston Planning and Zoning Commission consists of seven members appointed to five-year terms by the Mayor. The Commission serves as a recommending body, responsible for development and updating of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and reviewing all proposed development plans, including rezonings, site plans, plats, annexation and other studies and plans. As citizen planners, the Commission plays a vital role in developing plans and reviewing development within the City to ensure the goals and recommendations of the City’s Comprehensive Plan area carried out. To learn more about the Planning and Zoning Commission or to review their agendas and minutes be sure to visit the commission page on our website.
PZ Group Photo
The Johnston Board of Adjustment consists of seven members appointed to five-year terms by the Mayor. The Board serves as a quasi-judicial board, responsible for hearing variance requests to terms of the Zoning Ordinance, to permit special exceptions, and to hear appeals of determinations of the Zoning and Building Codes of the City. As citizen planners, the Board plays a vital role in ensuring that all property owners have an avenue for review and interpretation to any Zoning Ordinance requirement.  Click here to learn more about the Board of Adjustment or to review their agendas and minutes.
The Johnston Community Development Department in part, includes three planning positions:
  • David Wilwerding, AICP, Community Development Director
  • Aaron Wolfe, AICP, Planner
  • Clayton Ender, AICP Candidate, Planner
Each of these staff members have achieved certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Planners achieve this certification, through a combination of college education, years of experience, passing a comprehensive exam, and committing to adhere to the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Certified planners pledge to uphold high standards of practice, ethics, and professional conduct, and to keep their skills sharp and up to date by continuously pursuing advanced professional education. The City of Johnston is proud to employ professional planners who’ve committed to the high standards necessary to maintain AICP certification.