Engaging in a visioning process for your city or town can be an exciting, but challenging, undertaking. A look at the key elements in this process.
Public Participation Techniques
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As planning commissioners, it is vital that you find meaningful ways to engage the public in the planning process — beyond simply posting notices and advertising public meetings.
Being a planning commissioner is a serious job, with serious responsibilities. However, if you take the opportunity to engage your community in stimulating and enjoyable planning exercises, you will find a receptive audience and reap positive results.
People are friendlier, to their fellow citizens and to the conveners of meetings, if their stomachs aren’t grumbling. How food can make a difference.
Neighborhood organizations often provide the most important connection residents have with local government and planning. By working with them, planners can gain a more accurate sense of what residents and businesses need, while helping empower citizens.
PCJ columnist Elaine Cogan provides an overview of ways by which planning commissions can gauge public opinion.
Planning departments in communities large and small are increasingly using e-mail, Web sites, and other related approaches. Journalist and planning board member David Essex highlights several effective uses of the Internet
How can you strengthen community involvement in planning after you’ve completed work on updating your comprehensive plan, when there’s no “hot issue” on the table?
Elaine Cogan takes a look at several ways of reaching out to the citizens of your community for whom English is not their first language.
Ways in which you can tap the passion and enthusiasm of your constituents for the planning process.
Elaine Cogan looks at how a shopping mall became the location for a creative planning event.
A quick look at ways in which planning boards can obtain public feedback besides through a formal public hearing process
A frequently faced, but seldom discussed, subject is how to deal with angry citizens at public meetings. Community relations consultant (the late) Debra Stein suggests ways of keeping cool when things get hot. With responses and ideas from our online reviewers.