Planners and local officials often associate public engagement with a specific project or task, rather than making public engagement a continuous, long-term process. Inclusive planning processes ensure all community members feel welcome to participate and are confident that their participation can positively affect outcomes.
This edition of PAS QuickNotes highlights the inequitable effects of traditional approaches to public participation and summarizes how planners and local officials can change participation methods and techniques to maximize inclusivity.
About the Author
David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.