More and more planning departments are using videotapes to help inform citizens about planning projects and comprehensive plan updates. Kathleen McMahon takes a look at some examples — and offers production tips to keep in mind.
Public Participation Techniques
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One of the major challenges facing most communities, and their planning boards, is how to explain planning and the planning process in terms citizens can understand. Mike Chandler looks at how “citizen planning academies” helped in two Virginia counties.
Planning commissioner Barbara Jarvis explores what Ashland, Oregon, has done to encourage the use of mediation in land use disputes and neighborhood planning.
Elaine Cogan on how to involve kids in community planning workshops.
Discussion focuses on the role of the planning commission on growth and development issues; new commissioner orientation; and communications with the public.
How a planning commission can strengthen its leadership role by empowering citizens to find solutions to difficult issues.
A small town in Massachusetts shows how vision planning works. Including a look at the Places of the Heart community survey.
A look at “visual preference surveys” and how they can help communities plan better.
A look at how a 4 day charrette worked in the city of Brunswick, Maine.
Do volunteers assist your planning commission with any of its work? Eileen Hennessy discusses how you can best utilize the talents of people in your community.