Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Look Again To Chicago-Area Planners' High-Visibility Outreach

I have been posting for the last few days about SEWRPC, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, using its under-the-radar appointment of a new Executive Director as just the latest example of its disregard for genuine public input into its operations.

Summary here.

In one post - - here - - I highlighted the differences between SEWRPC's online and outreach operations with those of CMAP - - the newly-upgraded Chicago area regional planning commission, which like SEWRPC, covers a seven-county region that includes the state's most populous city and county, as well as growing suburban areas.

CMAP is launching a comprehensive, open, results-oriented, publicly-influenced effort to create a plan for its region.

It's got a separate website with details, here.

Can you imagine SEWRPC being able to pull something off like that?

Or being interested enough?

Or, in light of its insiders' process to hand-pick its next leader, and history of dismissing citizen input having the credibility to sell such outreach to the very public it keeps excluding?


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