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    Public participation and NIMBY reactions

    We are a group of students at the University of Queensland in Australia, investigating the effect that public participation in the planning process has on the level and type of "NIMBY" reaction. We would welcome any of your experiences, from either the planning perspective, or from the affected community viewpoint. Any information will be gratefully received. Thanks!

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    public participation and NIMBY reactions

    Traditionally structured public meetings and formal public hearings exacerbate the NIMBY syndrome by placing people in an environment where they feel they must take a stand. Most major planning processes lead to a formal public hearing, of course, so it is essential that the siting of an unpopular facility (worker housing in a resort town for example) be preceded by a less formal process that attempts to educate potentially affected people, and allows them as much of an opportunity as is practical to be involved in the design of the project. And even the best designed processes fail sometimes! Good luck with your project.

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    Public participation and NIMBY reactions

    Originally posted by Peter Hayes We are a group of students at the University of Queensland in Australia, investigating the effect that public participation in the planning process has on the level and type of "NIMBY" reaction. We would welcome any of your: experiences, from either the planning perspective, or from the affected community viewpoint. Any information will be gratefully received. Thanks!
    I recently prepared a resource consent application for a group which runs Parenting Programmes for low income parents. Many of their clients are Maori.

    The group needed to move residences to get more space The first house we looked at was good - but the level of community oppositions was signficant. I received some very interesting responces about why this group shouldn't relocated in this neighbourhood - many with racial overtones.

    Neighbouring owners of the second house had much the same reaction. The difference was that my clients organised a community meeting - for all the neighbours - even those the
    City Council had not identified as "affected" by the proposal.The meeting was very sucessful. The neighbours realises that the programmes would not attract an "undesirable" element into a predominantly retired area. The applicants became real.

    The upshot was - when it came to publically notifying the application only 5 submissions in opposition were received - out of a potentially 15 -20. None of the submitters wished to be represented at a hearing.

    I believe if that meeting had not been organised - the NIMBY syndrome would have made life very difficult.

    Sorry its a bit long winded - hope it helps

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