There is a very interesting site called Community Visioning that caught my attention the other day. Basically the site focuses on using public participation for input in the planning process. Through workshops, surveys, and other means, interested citizens and stakeholders have the opportunity to guide the community’s future. Using these methods, the public provides critical information to the officials and planning professionals which is used to create a Community Vision.
With Community Visioning, the public is given the opportunity to bring issues and ideas to light that may have been overlooked by the professionals or officials. In the end, it gives the public a chance to feel as though they are apart of the final project because they will be involved throughout the entire planning process and it will also enhance their trust and support for planning initiatives by allowing them to be involved in the decisions.
Please look through the website for more information about Community Visioning and if you have any questions or to find out how you can get involved in this exciting process please feel free to contact VERTICES.
Melissa Lawrence, Social Marketing Administrator, VERTICES, LLC