I don't want to get into that debate about the value of public consultation. Hence I didn’t post this on the existing thread about Comp Plan.
In Montreal, Canada (population 1.7million) we are starting with the principle that public consultation is an important part of the Plan update-review process, or la révision du plan d'urbanisme as we call it here.
As a planning commissioner, (and AICP member, having previously worked as a planner in the public, private and non-profit sectors for several years), I want to provide some examples of how other cities have undertaken the publc consultation process, over and above formal Planning Commission hearings.
Where we are in the process right now is that staff is drafting an entire revised Urban Plan (aka City Plan, General Plan). The various chapters have been submitted to advisory committees made up of community groups and other interested parties. This has been done behind the scenes. So how do we get it out for public discussion?
Any good examples of getting useful public input at this stage?
Since there will be a draft document on the table, I think that the ranting and raving can be controlled somewhat by not lettting people rant for long before re-focusing the meeting on discussing the draft plan. But what other things have been done?