This book critically examines the public participation processes in urban planning and development by evaluating the operations of Planning Advisory Committees (PACs) through two meta-criteria of fairness and effectiveness.
Traditional models of public participation in planning have long been criticized for separating planners from the public. This book proposes a novel conceptual model to address the gaps in existing practices in order to encourage greater public involvement in planning decisions and policymaking. It assesses the application of the evaluative framework for PACs as a new approach to public participation evaluation in urban planning. With a case study focused on the PACs in Inner City area of Canberra, Australia, the book offers a conceptual framework for evaluating fairness and effectiveness of the public participation processes that can also be extended to other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, Scandinavian countries, the European Union, and some Asian countries such as India.
Offering valuable insights on how operational processes of PACs can be re-configured, this book will be a useful guide for students and academics of planning and public policy analysis, as well as the planning professionals in both developed and developing countries.
1. Introduction 2. What We Know About Fairness and Effectiveness in Public Participation in Urban Planning 3. Theoretical Framework for Evaluating Pubic Participation in Urban Planning 4. Methods of Evaluating Public Participation in Urban Planning 5. Evaluating Fairness in Public Participation Process in Urban Planning 6. Evaluating Effectiveness in Public Participation Process in Urban Planning 7. Interpretation and Discussion of the Findings 8. Conclusions: A Conceptual Model of Fair and Effective Public Participation Process in Urban Planning
In Public Participation Process in Urban Planning, Kamal Uddin and Bhuiyan Monwar Alam adds to the literature on CACs by focusing on Planning Advisory Committees (PACs), which are a less widely discussed option. PACs differ from CACs in that these groups consist of nonprofessionals as well. Uddin and Alam have masterfully crafted a "theoretical framework for evaluating public participation in urban planning" (p. 37) and applied the conceptual model to evaluate the propensity of PACs to achieve fairness and effectiveness in public participation. [...] The strength of this book derives in part from the authors’ use of a narrative approach to present the findings. Uddin and Alam provide rich background and experiences, sharing perspectives, often excerpts of interviews, from various types of stakeholders. This collage of perceptions informs the authors’ analysis and creates a well-rounded understanding of the process, ensuring that all viewpoints are accounted for. [...] The book is exceptionally clear and detailed, and the authors use a variety of visuals, such as diagrams and tables, to provide further context and strengthen the readers’ understanding of the content. There is some repetition, but this overlap is done constructively to reinforce the main themes and findings. I encourage practitioners and academics alike to read this book. I predict that Uddin and Alam’s theoretical framework for evaluating public participation will become highly influential in future research on citizen participation. - Athena Nicole Last for the Journal of Urban Affairs.