The paper describes an approach involving user participation in a Dutch infrastructure plan as a social and psychological process in the development of the plan. The aim is to reduce the time of the planning process and lessen the risk of failure due to public opposition. An experimental procedure is described where the users are involved as joint designers of plans. Several small groups provide lists of problems and priorities which are considered with the authorities. Experts and users discuss possible solutions and the best alternatives selected for implementation. An analysis is given of the effectiveness of the public participation in the exercise and comparisons are made of the experimental process and other reported participation processes. The effect of the joint process on the views of the users and the plans of the authorities is examined. For the covering abstract see IRRD 877018.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 137-50

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  • Accession Number: 00722316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-282-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1996 12:00AM