First a little background for those of you that dont know me. Im a geography undergrad student that is planning on going to....planning school. Im taking a CRP class this semester and we had a couple of neighborhood planners come talk to us last week. We are discussiong neighborhood planning in my class now, mainly the community involvement side of it, and I have to write a paper as if I was a neighborhood planner and was describing my current project.
So my question is: What do you or your departments do to get people involved in their neighborhood planning proccesses? Are there any techniques that work better and/or save more money than mailing flyers and surveys?
One of the things I've come up with so far is first involving the community in writing it's own history or compiling a present report which features both the residents of the area and the businesses that share the space.