Taking public engagement seriously

Canadian cities typically hold four public meetings as part of a planning process. London held 80. Most of them were open-ended workshops and discussions with groups of citizens all over the city, on their own terms, in places and groups where they already gather.

Lessons from the most successful public engagement in Canadian municipal history

When the City of London, Ontario began a once-in-a-generation rewrite of its official plan two years ago, its planners set out to accomplish something few communities have imagined or tried. Putting the topic on the public’s lips in a year-long conversation, and emerging with a clear consensus on a shared vision.

The result was the most successful public engagement process in Canadian municipal history, full of lessons about what other cities can make possible.

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