Engaging the Public in Planning, Housing & Sustainability

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Engaging the Public in Planning, Housing & Sustainability

Resources and case stories to support the use of public engagement strategies to address local planning, housing and sustainability related issues.

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Building Healthy and Vibrant Communities:
Achieving Results through Community Engagement

This resource helps local officials inform their residents about what land use planning is, who is involved, why community engagement matters and ways to participate.

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Engaging the Public in Planning for Housing

This resource helps inform local officials about the importance of engaging the public in planning for housing and outlines steps that they can take to ensure that that their community is part of the process.

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Effective Use of Public Engagement Consultants with Diana Sherman, Shauna Mora and Ted Knowlton

Effective Use of Public Engagement Consultants with Diana Sherman, Shauna Mora and Ted Knowlton
CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government, August 12, 2011

See videos from a CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government session on how local agencies can best use consultants in planning and implementing public engagement activities.

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Reflections on Public Engagement by Debbie Whitmore, Deputy Director of Development Services, City of Turlock

The video presents take-aways from the workshop, “Achieving Broad Public Engagement in the San Joaquin Valley” by Debbie Whitmore, Deputy Director of Development Services, City of Turlock, California. This September 2012 workshop was sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and Local Government Commission.

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Involving the Public in Planning Healthy Communities – 2011 League Planners Institute

Involving the Public in Planning Healthy Communities – 2011 League Planners Institute

Many communities are trying to enhance resident health through improvements in the built environment. Informing and engaging the broader community can increase the likelihood for the success of these efforts. Representatives of three California cities share a variety of tested strategies for engaging the public in healthy planning efforts. See a video of the panel discussion and access materials from the session.

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Tackling Tough Issues with Civic Engagement: Affordable Housing

Involving the public in local decision-making may be more comfortable for local officials when addressing small or noncontroversial issues, but what happens when community leaders face a deeply divided community and anticipate many tense and difficult discussions?

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Lessons Learned: Involving the Public in a Planning Process

There is a growing trend in cities and counties across California to design deliberative and inclusive public engagement processes that allow a broad cross section of residents to weigh in on specific and general plans for development or redevelopment. Here are key lessons learned from local leaders who are implementing successful participatory planning processes in their communities. 

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Planning, Housing and Sustainability – California Stories

Learn how communities in California are successfully involving residents to address local planning, housing, and sustainability-related issues.

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