GOAL-RESPONSIVE COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION: AN IMPERATIVE FOR INTEGRATED SOCIAL-ECONOMIC-ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSES

THIS PAPER DESCRIBES A PRACTICAL, TESTED APPROACH TO INVOLVE THE OVERALL COMMUNITY IN THE PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS SO THAT CONSENSUS FOR ACTION CAN BE REACHED. THE CONCEPT OF THE APPROACH IS DISCUSSED, AND ITS SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION TO ONE OF A SERIES OF PROJECTS IS DESCRIBED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT IT IS NOT AN ACADEMIC, UNTESTED PROPOSAL. A 5-PHASE PROCEDURE IS DESCRIBED THAT INVOLVES EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THE PLANNING. THE APPLICATION OF THE PROCESS RESULTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN UNDERSTANDING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF HAVING CHOSEN SPECIFIC GOALS AND OF ALTERNATIVE, PRACTICAL WAYS OF ATTAINING THOSE GOALS. THUS, THE COMMUNITY IS DRAWN INTO AN ACTIVE PARTICIPATION FROM THE OUTSET OF THE PLANNING EFFORT. IN ADDITION, THE PROCESS INCORPORATES TECHNIQUES FOR DERIVING REALISTIC GOALS, FOR MANAGING MULTIDISCIPLINARY SPECIALIST TEAMS, AND FOR CONDUCTING TRULY INTEGRATED ECONOMIC-SOCIAL-ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSES. THE PROJECT CHOSEN TO EXEMPLIFY THE APPROACH WAS SPONSORED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. THIS PROJECT DEALT WITH TRANSPORTATION AT AN URBAN AND REGIONAL (SYSTEMS PLANNING) LEVEL. THE PARTICIPATION PROGRAMS FOR THE NEW YORK AND OTHER PROJECTS HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IN THAT EACH WAS ADAPTED TO THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF THAT PROJECT. THUS, NO ONE OF THE APPLICATIONS FOLLOWED EXACTLY THE PROCESS DESCRIBED HERE. HOWEVER, EACH APPLICATION DID FOLLOW THE GENERAL OUTLINE, SCOPE, AND INTENT OF THE GOAL-RESPONSIVE APPROACH.

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 11-20
  • Monograph Title: Citizen participation and housing displacement
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00200670
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309022673
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM