Let’s get unbiased input on planning

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Let’s get unbiased input on planning
Citizen committees collaborating with planners would avoid the polarization that often creates an impasse, writes Bob Ransford.

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Let’s get unbiased input on planning
Citizen committees collaborating with planners would avoid the polarization that often creates an impasse, writes Bob Ransford.

Citizen collaboration: Randomly selected people can see the big picture better than those with vested interests.

It’s time to try something new to craft long-term plans to manage growth in our neighbourhoods and cities.

It’s time to try a process that puts the public interest ahead of personal interests or neighbourhood interests. It’s time for a more deliberative approach to decision-making, rather than the adversarial approach that is often the final step in most planning processes today.

As the Metro Vancouver region continues to intensify with inevitable population growth, the issues of accommodating and managing that growth become increasingly more complex. Not a day goes by when we don’t hear or read something in the mainstream media about angry citizens fighting city hall over neighbourhood plans or protesting against a proposed development project. Twitter timelines and Facebook posts perpetually produce baskets full of dirty laundry, streaming endless negativity that guarantees the impossibility of public consensus.

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