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Are You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?Views: 391
Mar 08, 2009 4:08 amAre You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Today, I went to a workshop called "Lake County 2030: A Blueprint for Our Future." I was actually put to work providing feedback for my county's future by prioritizing issues that needed to be addressed - i.e. water, public services, economic development, transportation, etc. If you live in Lake County, CA I highly recommend you visit the last workshop being given about this undertaking. It happens, Saturday, March 14th at the Calpine Visitor Center at 10 a.m. The Center is located at 15500 Central Park Road in Middletown.

If you do not live in Lake County, CA but would like to learn more about this "planning process," visit Lake County 2030 Regional Blueprint Planning Program.

Lamar Morgan
CDMM - Synergistic Business Marketing
707-709-8605
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Mar 08, 2009 4:43 amre: Are You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?#

John Stephen Veitch
Hello Lamar

I'm making every effort to be involved here in Christchurch.

One of the most successful things the City Council has done is to engage with the public in an open planning process. There is a lot of documentation from the Council about the present plan and proposed changes to that plan and public submissions are requested. There is always argument about how much "real participation" is permitted, but for today, let's give the Council marks for trying.

Personally, I was involved with a small group of eight people who established the Canterbury Issues Forum. This group of 200+ people has engaged in some very earnest discussions about the future of our district. Particularly about rubbish disposal, youth crime and vandalism, water resources and supplies, and issues regarding a recent election.

Any community can establish such a forum. An American, Steven Clift, has been working on E-Democracy development for more than 10 years. He has several successful groups running in the USA, in the UK and in New Zealand. I know he's been running seminars in several European countries.

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John Stephen Veitch
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Mar 08, 2009 10:00 pmre: re: Are You Engaged In Planning For Your Community's Future?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

John,

This forum you mentioned has 200+ people. Is this a physical forum or a online forum? The reason I ask is because I would like to get an idea as to what constitutes a good physical turnout for a community meeting.

Get the picture here, please. A company gets a grant to plan a community's growth for the next 30 years. There are waters issues, public service and transportation issues, etc. In order to plan appropriately, the company needs feedback from the community. So, that print and circulate very attractive posters encouraging the public to show up for workshops. I go to one of these workshops. That workshop is for a particular city within the county where I live. Out of the entire city, only 20 people bother to show up.

Question. Are my expectations too high or is there something wrong with this picture? I think 20 people out of an entire city for a county-wide series of workshops to help determine the quality of life for the next 30 years is pathetic. I actually thought there would be standing room only for this workshop as I viewed it as being extremely important.

Lamar Morgan
CDMM - Synergistic Business Marketing
707-709-8605
Attract more customers!

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