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    Community outreach and citizen participation

    I am trying to identify successful models (best practices) to gain more public participation in the planning process. I am particularly interested in use of e-technology in planning, as well as creative approaches to stimulate and gain community involvement and further the public's knowledge about the planning process.

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    Hamilton County Ohio has a program -

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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    The book Karen Van Gilder and I wrote, Planning for Results, has a lot on this, includiing specifc techniques. It available through APA's book service.

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    Some things I've found particularly effective

    - online visual preference surveys (i.e. which pretty building do you prefer)
    - e-surveys/questionnaires (i.e. on anything really)
    - facilitated visioning sessions (i.e. independent facilitators)
    - design workshops (i.e. with sketch paper and maps)
    - citizen's guides to... (i.e. citizen's guide to urban design)
    - online planning documents (i.e. comp plan, zoning info, planning comm agendas)

    Just some thoughts.

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    If you're interested in e-technology, you should check out the Orton Family Foundation online.

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    Seems like with any citizen participation idea, you're primarily going to attract busybodies.

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