Community-engaged planning creates space for people to participate in decisions that influence the shape of the built environment
planning & visioning Workshops
Public workshops are one of the most effective ways to engage the public on a development project or policy initiative in the community. Our workshops are carefully designed to generate the high rates of participation and robust data gathering and analysis. We carefully select activities that utilize popular education techniques to address a broad range of learning styles, education levels, language competencies, ages and disabilities to create an accessible and inclusive environment. Weather working on a long-term strategic vision or planning for a specific development already in the pipeline, our team designs workshops to meet the goals of the participants.
Participatory mapping empowers residents to examine the built environment block by block. While canvassing the the streets, teams photograph, record data and investigate physical conditions in the community. Mapping helps to identify resources and challenges and builds a sense of ownership and neighborhood pride. Participatory mapping is a powerful tool for planning for environmental justice, economic development, public space improvements and other kinds of community-based initiatives.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION
Average citizens often feel excluded from neighborhood planning, sometimes not aware of new development projects until they are already underway. Our built environment workshops break down complex topics like zoning, land use and infrastructure planning and introduce residents to resources and information they need to get involved in planning the future of their communities.