Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

Unlike traditional land-use planning, spatial planning provides opportunities within a national regulatory framework to integrate policies to influence the future distribution of activities in various areas. The success of spatial planning can thus be measured by how it can deliver effective public service investment at the local level while supporting the achievement of wider objectives for the province or city.

Under the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, spatial planning falls under 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), namely ‘Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’. One of the targets under this SDG is to “enhance capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries (United Nations, 2016).” This emphasizes the importance of active public involvement through a bottom-up approach and two-way communication to co-produce spatial planning designs.

Citizen participation in Jakarta’s spatial planning is scarce due to a lack of citizen interest and understanding of spatial planning information, as well as the inaccessibility of this information. In this paper we consider three policy tools to rectify this situation: online access, physical outreach and gamification. This paper recommends the use of physical outreach to encourage citizen partnership, this being the most effective and cheapest. The paper concludes with a USD17K proposal to implement an outreach program trial on a chosen green space to test its effectiveness before extending the project to other green spaces.

Read the paper here:

Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

See the presentation here:

Citizen Participation in Spatial Planning

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