Public input can be great. The trouble is that the general public are not planners. They only think they are. How many times have you heard somebody make a comment that sounds good to them, but makes you cringe. A favorite of mine is "We want to be just like fill-in-the-blankville". Yes, the nearby city has a successful downtown. But they also have a larger population or distinctive architecture or a better location or whatever else that has set them up to have that successful downtown. Those circumstances can seldom be replicated. Planning needs to be based on a place's own unique characteristics. Simply trying to emulate another community is a recipe for failure.
So what are the top ten often-heard planning phrases that create a roadmap to failure?