Exploring public participation in planning: a case study approach

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dc.contributor Bryan, Colgan Hobson
dc.contributor Williams, Jimmy John
dc.contributor.advisor Appiah-Opoku, Seth
dc.contributor.author Davis, Kara Noelle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T14:36:19Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T14:36:19Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000415
dc.identifier.other Davis_alatus_0004M_10334
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/920
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The level of public participation in environmental planning and decision-making was examined using content analysis of specific case studies. Municipalities around the country recently have undertaken many projects in which citizens were unhappy with their involvement in the overall planning process. The objectives of this study were to identify existing laws pertaining to public participation; review the methods of public participation; and determine the extent to which the public was involved in the planning process. Two cases were reviewed with a focus on filtering out lessons in public participation that could be used by community planners elsewhere. Tuscaloosa implemented only four of the nine methods of public participation that Chattanooga also used: form citizen groups or task forces, use outside consultants for new ideas, educate the citizens, and ensure that information is accessible. Visioning proved to be the difference in public participation methods for Chattanooga. Tuscaloosa removed the citizens from the design aspect of its riverfront plans. Downtown revitalization is a prime opportunity for citizens to participate and voice their opinion on the design and function of their city, which would create an opportunity for cooperation with city officials. These missed opportunities for citizen input severely impair a citizen's trust of municipality operation and management of funds, citizen concerns, and natural resources, all of which directly impact the lives of an entire region.
dc.format.extent 89 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.subject.other Urban and Regional Planning
dc.subject.other Environmental management
dc.title Exploring public participation in planning: a case study approach
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography
etdms.degree.discipline Geography
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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