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Participatory Community Planning & Design

Design Coalition Institute practices a "hands-on" public workshop approach to citizen participation in decision-making for the preservation and development of community resources. Our approach combines the science of GIS mapping technology with low-tech activities that invite residents to identify places that are important to the social, historical, cultural, and economic vitality of their community. Additional workshop activities are designed to help residents develop a shared understanding of issues and consensus about goals and strategies for the future
Photo Design Workshop
Photo from a Participatory Community
Planning & Design Workshop
in South Chicago
We use the results of these participatory processes to produce illustrated reports that are useful for informing "Smart Growth" and comprehensive planning policies. We also use the results to prepare "Evaluation Workbooks" that help guide citizens' review of proposed preservation, development, or re-development projects.      
If you are new to the idea of citizen participation in decision-making about
the preservation and development of community resources, please
Forward to our "Introduction to Participatory Community Planning & Design"
Below are links to reports from recent Participatory Community Planning & Design Projects
Download Reports:
DOWNLOAD (1.5 M pdf)
"Envisioning the Future of Cross Plains:
Summary Report and Community Design Evaluation Workbook"

This is a copy of the illustrated report and workbook from a participatory planning process for "Smart Growth" and Comprehensive Planning for a small commuter village West of Madison WI. It includes a preface that overviews the partnership building process and a description of the "Tool Kit" of participatory activities.
Cross Plains Report
Photos from a workshop
in Cross Plains WI

DOWNLOAD (1.5 M pdf)
"Milwaukee Street Community Design Evaluation Workbook
  & Summary of the 'Visualize the Issues' Public Participation Process"

This is a copy of the illustrated report and workbook from a participatory planning process focused on a potential infill development in an established neighborhood in Madison WI. It includes a description of the of the participatory process and activities.
Milwaukee St thumbnail
Photo from the Milwaukee Street
"Visualizing the Issues" Workshop

If you think a "Participatory Community Design and Planning Process" would be useful for your community, forward to our "Contact Us & Invitation" page »»

We are preparing materials in our archives for posting. More materials coming soon.........

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