Collaborative Planning Through Capacity Building

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PDT

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The process of collaborative planning involves establishing an active dialogue between the citizenry, planners, decision-makers and stakeholder groups that inform the plans for their communities based on mutually agreed upon goals. The first step in the process is to build trust among the various groups. Once an environment of trust is created a process can be designed to empower them by providing the tools to work together and make informed decisions for their community. Educating both the citizens and decision makers and changing the perceptions about how to work together results in an increased capacity at both the community and government level, with greater sense of ownership and responsibility for decisions as all groups involved work in partnership. It has a direct impact on the resiliency of communities and their ability to apply that at various scales. Learning objectives; How can planners encourage broader participation in the planning process to include diverse representation?;How do capacity building techniques and tools differ between rural to urban communities and between citizen groups and governing officials?;How can communities ensure sustained capacity to continue work together?;How can cities leverage the community resources and better respond to complex current issues?


Poonam Narkar, AICP

Experienced in Planning, Urban Design and Architecture, bridges the three disciplines to navigate various scales of projects, with a focus on people-centric design and planning. She has conceptualized and facilitated challenging public outreach efforts which have effectively brought residents and various stakeholders together at the table to make educated decisions ... Read More

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