A comprehensive guide providing a detailed description of and tools for community visioning, a process that seeks to capture and communicate the priorities of all community members in order to influence future land use and planning decisions.
This Community Visioning Comprehensive Guide is part of a collection of tools and resources available from ConservationTools.org (for other available resources, visit http://conservationtools.org/). This guide focuses specifically on Community Visioning, a process that enables all stakeholders to help direct their communities’ decision-making activities.
Community Visioning uses public meetings, design charettes, public surveys, growth scenario comparisons, and other methods to collect citizen input that will then be used to influence planning and development decisions. By incorporating broad public input in the planning process, Community Visioning allows for greater public ownership over community decision-making and can also lead to greater support for resulting comprehensive planning documents and supporting regulations and land use decisions.
This guide lays out the basic concept behind Community Visioning and provides detailed information on the actual process, the key ingredients needed to make the process successful, various techniques that can be used for Visioning, and a collection of case studies.
The guide also provides a link to an external resource, Planning for the Future: A Handbook on Community Visioning (http://www.rural.palegislature.us/visioning3.pdf) , which itself includes concrete examples of the required resources for the process including workshop checklists, sample media releases, agendas, etc.