Tag Archives: Community Engagement

Revamped City Planning Aims at Neighborhood Revivals

Maurice Cox is the director of the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department (Eric Seals / Detroit Free Press)
Under Detroit’s new Director of Planning, Maurice Cox, the city’s planning efforts now focus not on the already revitalizing downtown but in places where city planners for decades have paid little if any attention — Detroit’s hard-hit neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

Climate Resilience Means Meaningfully Engaging Vulnerable Communities in Urban Planning Processes

Harlem is considered one of the ten most heat vulnerable neighborhoods in NYC (Urban Gazelle/ Flickr)
Impacts of extreme heat are uneven across geographies and communities. People who live in micro-urban heat islands and who lack the capacity to cope with extreme heat are disproportionately vulnerable to heat-related health risks. Collaborative climate action planning processes should directly engage vulnerable communities in identifying neighborhoods with concentrated and multiple risk factors, as well as in co-producing strategies for reducing vulnerability. Read more... Read more

Why Bother with Community Engagement?

In the end, all plans come to the city council for approval. (City of Aurora)
Community engagement is a required component of planning projects. Some planners take a “check the box” approach and others go out of their way to hear from the public. An informal survey at the American Planning Association National Conference asked what motivates planners to go the extra distance on outreach. The most common answer wassome version of, “It gave courage to our elected officials.” There’s a great deal of insight packed into this answer. Read more... Read more

Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Engaging Youth

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Faculty and staff from the University of Michigan Prevention Research Center and the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center have worked with partners in the Flint and Genesee County communities for over two decades. Over the past few years, Flint has been front and center in the news because of high rates of crime and violence, and more recently the water crisis. What we see in the news, however, doesn’t tell the story of the tremendous efforts and successes of community... Read more

Keeping a Bike Plan in High Gear: Montgomery County’s Public Engagement Plan

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Conducting a long-term master plan can be demanding. Keeping the public engaged for more than two years can be difficult. How do you keep your stakeholders actively involved after the initial rush of outreach efforts winds down? How do you keep your plan’s outreach exciting and relevant while also building a bicycling community? Montgomery County Planning Department’s Bicycle Master Plan is proving that engagement can meet people where they are, using interesting, inviting, and integrated outreach. Read more... Read more

AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Team

(Courtesy of Louisville, Kentucky SDAT)
The American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design has released the Call for Applications for its 2017 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program. The SDAT program brings together multidisciplinary teams of professionals to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders through an intensive planning process. The mission of the SDAT program is to provide technical assistance to help communities develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future. Applications due December 9. Learn more and apply... Read more

Campus RainWorks Challenge

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EPA announced the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition that asks student teams to design green infrastructure for their campus. Registration will be open from September 1-30, submissions will be due December 16, and winners will be announced in Spring 2017. Learn more... Read more
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