16 May '12, 12pm

Citizen participation in the design of sustainable communities

Citizen participation in the design of sustainable communities

This all means that public participation in planning, growth, and sustainable design decisions has already changed in many localities – and that there is no excuse for it not changing everywhere soon. Bringing the public into public policy decision-making is no longer a matter of the “one-and-done”: you hold a public hearing on a development proposal, take testimony (that is, if anyone shows up to give it), and make the decision (informed or not informed by the testimony). It’s not even any longer a matter of a year-long series of in-person meetings by a local volunteer stakeholder committee. Now we can have meetings via the web, so even stay-at-homes can regularly participate. And we can bring into that process the sorts of whiz-bang analytic tools mentioned above, that can make difficult to understand concepts instantly understandable.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/citizen_parti...

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