Where do you start?
Two things you will need to consider when setting up your social planning process:
Timing. Where you are in the cycle of a community's development.
People. Engaging personnel to establish an authorising environment and support within council.
Planning for activities, programs, services and infrastructure in a growth area community can start at a number of points over the life of a community. Here is a rough schedule you may expect:
- Before a community is in place. This is when high-level land use planning occurs.
- Identify who is likely to live here, and when
- Consult with residents in comparable communities
- Gather information and data from council and stakeholders
- Identify preliminary community building needs
- Inform the land use planning process.
- Work with partners to develop responses to community building needs
- Establish the place maker role
- Start implementing the community building responses
- Begin detailed planning for community facilities
- Establish your evaluation framework.
- Engage the community to determine their needs and facilitate social connections
- Implement community building responses
- The place maker should be engaging the community to build capacity and involve residents in decision-making
- Continually monitor the community to ensure its needs are being met
- Evaluate your community building responses and adapt accordingly.