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.
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.
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.
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?
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.