Theme: Healthy Living
The Public Participation Platform for urban development projects enables public participation in urban development projects whereby citizens and other stakeholders can provide their worries and ideas to the redevelopment plans in an interactive online platform and allows municipalities to respond to these suggestions and communicate what is done with the suggestions.
Urban (re)development projects often lack public consultation, let alone public participation. As a result, citizen discontent rises and disconnection from public authorities and citizens are growing. Although public authorities recognize the need of involving the public more, adequate tools to do so are lacking. To address this need, Witteveen+Bos has developed a Public Participation Platform for urban (re)development projects.
The Platform presents development plans and potential alternatives online, with clear and easy to understand visuals. The public can add pointers to the plans and indicate if it is a worry or suggestion. These comments are valuable input for municipalities as it provides insights in what is most desired and what areas of concern or new ideas need to be addressed. The public receives a responds on what is being done with the comment and hence, truly participate in the development plans in an early stage of the project.
The city Haarlem (the Netherlands) uses the platform for Houtplein, an inner city redevelopment project. Through houtplein-inbeeld.nl it collects feedback from the public on the development plan and three different traffic system layouts. The platform has collected already more than 250 suggestions for the overall plan and more than 100 responses on the alternatives. These suggestions are being translated into functional requirements to establish an improved plan supported by public.