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    What makes a plan a "good plan?"

    My urban geography professor asked this question of my grad class this week. When we asked a local planner, they recommended reread chapter two in the green book but I was curious to see if everyone here had any additional thoughts on what makes a "good plan."

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    ldg

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
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    One that has significant community support, and one that can be implemented.

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    Cyburbian Emeritus Chet's avatar
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    Ditto Mike's comment. I have seen what are professionally the best plans get shelved because the community gave it a collective "pffft".

    In my last Community Development Director job for a municipality, we spent well over $150k for a new conservation plan that actually got implemented, and another $150k for an Economic Development Strategic Plan that got shelved after me and Prudence left the city. I stil eavesdrop on that city's website, agendas, election results, just to give a virtual middle finger to it and know that they f-d up after we were gone.

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    I don't necessarily agree with the previous two responses. I think I would need more information, but I don't think there is a 'formula' in this case.

    The fact that a plan is accepted by the public and implementable doesn't necessarily make it equitable.

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    Ditto Mike's and Chet's comments.

    Any plan that actually gets implemented is a plus. Most plans tend to gather dust. My opinion on what causes this is two things:

    1. The consultant uses a boilerplate plan and includes nothing that makes the plan unique.
    2. A consultant prepares a great pie-in-the-sky plan with little regard to the financial and political realities of a community.

    IMO, the best way to create a plan that will actually get implemented is to work with the community and be aware of the political realities of the community. A "good plan" is one that works for the community and is comprehensive. A good plan should also include a realistic phasing plan, especially in today's economic climate.

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    Thank you for the input everyone!

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    1) Is there a demand for the product
    2) Is the plan affordable
    3) Is the plan realistic
    4) If the plan doable
    5) Does the plan conflict or interupt surrounding areas
    6) Does the plan compliment surrounding areas
    7) Is the plan environmentally safe
    8) Does the plan change regular transportation flow

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    I agree with Mike Gurnee. Community support is essential

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    To bring planning theory into the equation, it depends on the theoretical perspective you're coming from...

    Someone like Friedmann would argue from the point of view of participatory planning, arguing that a good plan is one which included all stakeholders in its conception and implementation.

    Someone looking from the Marxist point of view would argue that too many planners merely act to implement capitalist development, and don't pay any regard for the social equity. Therefore, from a Marxist planner's point of view, a 'good plan' will be one which promotes social equity.

    Rewey

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    One that solves a problem...or many problems. Now how you get there? that's a different questions. always been a fan of Charles Lindblom

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