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:

  1. 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.
  2. Development and construction begins. During this stage planning becomes more detailed, with specific service models, infrastructure configurations, partner roles and funding sources.
    • 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.
  3. As the community moves in and its needs are established.
    • Engage the community to determine their needs and facilitate social connections
    • Implement community building responses
  4. As the community develops over time and its needs change.
    • 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.

Finding the right people