Public Participation Techniques

At the heart of the local planning process is public participation — without it, comprehensive plans and implementing regulations will not truly reflect community needs and desires.

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Public Outreach Through Video

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.

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Citizen Planning Academies

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.