Although they are not meant to apply automatically to every city, or to write a list of them, I would even not have to write the same list of them for the next plan that I’m working on. They are here, how I explained Urban planning tips
Powerful Plans Keys
Set up a TOMORROW plan, not yesterday or today. Continue to dream about “where the puck is GOING to be.”
Plan-making converse can easily result, when the plan is supposed to be about the future not only present or for the past, neutered by what seems possible now or “what the community might be ready for,” I once asked a team I worked with at the end of a plan process if they thought we had a plan for yesterday, day or tomorrow? Your honest reply was that it was a plan today – and rightly they were disappointed with that reply. The look as they admitted it to their eyes. Instead of the challenges, needs and opportunities of tomorrow, we allowed the process to be limited to the comfortable levels we perceived today.
Planning for OUTCOMES, not time frames.
One important example of this is the way in which many plans establish 20 or so years and then include a population estimate, amongst other things, of how the community can grow during this period. Such numbers, you know, are just a projection, not a goal. I’ve done that myself many times, but I’m not a fan of it anymore.
We have taken the important decision, in recent plans, including AbbotsForward, to plan a city at a given population level, that is to say, to achieve a result, regardless of how much time it takes to reach this population. It may be ten or fifteen years, or 25 or 30.
Speak and write a man. Speak and write a man. Don’t be boring! Don’t be boring!
I like to believe that is best to start with the premise that people are engaged and you should give them the chance to contribute in ways which are meaningful and convenient to them, not just yourself. There are a lot of innovative and successful ways to plan a “engaging engagement.” It should nevertheless go without saying that if you’re boring, no old or new technique will succeed!
And here’s the problem—too there’s much planning. It is no wonder many people think planning procedures are an overly technical language; bland, bureaucratic events and secure, sterile presentations.
Will the next time I start a plan, based on what I have learned about it, I create a NEW ‘key list?’ Absolutely. – Absolutely. Based on your own hard lessons I invite you to share your OWN keys on a great plan.