COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: HOW TO GET THERE FROM HERE

EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION THAT STRENGTHENS THE PLANNING PROCESS AND INFLUENCES POLITICAL REALITIES AND TRANSPORTATION DECISION-MAKING MUST CONSIST OF THREE PRINCIPAL ELEMENTS. FIRST, THERE MUST BE AN ATTITUDE ON THE PART OF ELECTED OFFICIALS, CONCERNED PROFESSIONALS, AND CITIZENS THAT TRANSPORTATION PLANS ARE THE END PRODUCT OF THEIR JOINT EFFORTS. TRANSPORTATION PLANNERS MUST BE MORE GENUINELY RESPONSIVE TO CITIZENS' ATTITUDES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ACCEPTING THE POSSIBILITY THAT CITIZEN INPUT CAN PROVIDE BETTER BALANCE TO THEIR TECHNICAL PRODUCTS. LACK OF MEANINGFUL INTERACTION BETWEEN ALL CONCERNED GROUPS CAN LIKELY RESULT IN A STALEMATE WITH NO TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS AT ALL. SECOND, ALL POSSIBLE TOOLS AND PROGRAMS MUST BE USED BY ELECTED OFFICIALS AND PROFESSIONALS TO RESPOND TO CONCERNS EXPRESSED DURING COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION ACTIVITIES. RESPONSIVE TRANSPORTATION DECISIONS ARE SENSITIVE TO AND INCORPORATE BROAD COMMUNITY GOALS WITHIN ESTABLISHED LEGAL AND FINANCIAL BOUNDS. DOT PROGRAMS, SUCH AS TOPICS, URBAN BEAUTIFICATION, RELOCATION HOUSING, ET AL., COUPLED WITH TRANSPORTATION- RELATED PROGRAMS OF HUD, HEW, DOL, AND OTHERS, ARE THE EFFECTIVE TOOLS IN MEETING MANY CONCERNS EXPRESSED BY COMMUNITY GROUPS. THIRD, THERE MUST BE MECHANISMS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS TO ACCOMMODATE, DEBATE, AND RESPOND TO THE VIEWS OF CITIZENS BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS. SOME EXAMPLES OF CURRENTLY OPERATIONAL MECHANISMS ARE THE NEW ORLEANS REGIONAL PLANNING FORUM, THE PARTICIPATORY PROCESS UNDER WAY IN THE BOSTON TRANSPORTATION PLANNING REVIEW, AND VARIOUS SIMULATION TECHNIQUES. THE EXTENT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT ULTIMATELY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DEPEND ON LOCAL CONDITIONS-HOW OPEN LOCAL OFFICIALS AND TECHNICIANS ARE TO CITIZEN INPUT, HOW ENERGETICALLY OFFICIALS AND TECHNICIANS TRY TO OBTAIN CITIZEN PARTICIPATION, AND HOW ARTICULATE AND ACTIVE CITIZENS ARE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES. /AUTHOR/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 1-7
  • Monograph Title: Citizen participation and community values
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00240096
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 17 1972 12:00AM