Regional growth visioning and integrated planning represent a new generation of planning and growth management, both as a means of engaging citizens to strengthen the institution of democracy and also as a way to achieve better planning and public policy. In the last several years these projects have emerged around the nation, using innovative computer technologies and workshop techniques to bring new levels of public participation to planning processes and to secure community support for the difficult decisions necessary to implement a new planning paradigm.
Growth visioning projects strive to achieve regional agreements on future residential, commercial, and industrial development; building and operation of highway and transit facilities; and conservation of sensitive lands, all validated by local perspectives and interests.
Because California's Regional Collaboratives operate at the regional scale, are community-driven, foster civic engagement and collaboration, and bridge the gap between government and the private and nonprofit sectors, they are ideal partners for helping regional public agencies to organize and implement visioning and integrated planning projects.
As a partner in the Southern California Compass Project, CCRL organized the Southland Policy Dialogues during March 2004. Held in five sub-regions across the Southland, the Dialogues were intended to validate the draft Growth Vision, lift up the issues most relevant to each sub-region, and identify the highest-priority local and regional implementation strategies. CCRL worked with several Southern California Regional Collaboratives, regional Councils of Government, and other organizations to plan the Dialogues and gain participation from nearly 200 diverse civic leaders.
Regional Visioning and Integrated Planning Projects
Regions in the state and across the U.S. have used these ideas and techniques to develop new patterns for future growth. Below is a selected list of these projects; the Surface Transportation Policy Project has a website detailing these efforts and others.
A. In California
B. Across the Nation
- The April 2004 issue of the CalRegions newsletter gives an overview of regional growth visioning projects and reviews the Sacramento Region Blueprint Project and the Southern California Compass Project
- Notes from the Southland Policy Dialogues
- Destination 2030 , the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan of the Southern California Association of Governments
- Informed Regional Choices : How California's Regional Organizations are Applying Planning and Decision Tools (CCRL), 206 KB PDF
- PlaceMatters.com is designed to help community leaders, public agencies, and land use planners understand and employ new tools and techniques for managing growth and other issues
- The Regional City: Planning for the End of Sprawl (Peter Calthorpe and William Fulton)