This paper attempts to identify the role of public participation in the planning process and to develop some guidelines for its use as a planning tool. It presents an inventory of Australian public participation experience compiled from a survey of Australian transport authorities and selected consultants. From this inventory ten cases are selected for detailed examination to produce a guide to the uses and limitations of public participation. It is proposed that the needs approach provides a more useful conceptual framework with which to view participation as a planning tool than do the traditional models. Features of a participation program - the study area, time horizon, stage of the planning process at which participation is undertaken, are discussed, and techniques for the implementation of participation are discussed and evaluated primarily according to its capacity to satisfy needs identified in the case studies. The techniques are broadly grouped into three categories: 1) those which involve groups, 2) those which are directed at individuals or involve individual contact, and 3) those techniques aimed at publicising a study in the broader community. /TRRL/

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    • Australian Bureau of Transport Economics, Occasional Paper 20.
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    Australian Government Publishing Service

    109 Canberra Avenue
    Griffith, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Sinclair, A
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00194018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM