Public Participation

Public Participation

The social-cultural aspect is very important in every planning process. Social consulting and public participation are therefore now an integral part of every planning team.

Defining public participation in planning processes refers to the residents’ participation in decision-making to ensure that the planning process will maximize quality of life. Quality of life is a subjective concept that refers to different needs, such as living conditions, family life, health, social relations, employment opportunities, equal opportunity, services, and the possibility of keeping religious and social values.

The meetings and their character are set on the basis of the project and the nature of the population. They include large plenum meetings, round table meetings, focus groups, and subject workshops.

The public participation process includes the following steps:

  • Informing the public about the project and inviting them to share in the process.
  • Meetings with individuals and groups from the relevant populations on the basis of recommendations from community workers and residents in the project. The objective of the meetings is to located stakeholders and interested parties who will be the basis for the public participation meetings.
  • Round table meetings, each of which lasts for about three hours. Emphasis is placed on representatives of all the characteristic groups in the population. The objective is to learn about the points of contention and possibilities for agreement. The meeting will provide information about the planning process to the residents. Discussions by various means will be held on the planning subjects on the agenda.
  • Plenum meetings of the general public and interest groups with the chief architect and planning team, who will present the different planning alternatives.
  • A summary report of the process, insights, and conclusions for inclusion in the planning.

    The number of meetings is scheduled depending on the public response and the planning team’s need for feedback from the residents.

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