My interest in planning is as a town resident concerned with ongoing sustainability issues and sprawl.
These are not idle or trite concerns. The Regional Planning Commission for this area of Wisconsin USA has shown that this area has the worst (lowest) population density for a peer-sized area in the State.
Soon (next week) there will be an open to the public workshop on land use which I intend to attend. This workshop is touted to be a "twenty thousand foot view" with little if any attention to specific developments or abandoned/for sale eyesores.
I do not know what the community participation will be but I expect it to be very light.
Regards sustainability, I prefer the definition used by architects that
sustainability is "what you have left after the lights go out." This means self sufficiency, ownership of power producing systems (which used to be the norm) and the like.