Community Plans

A rapid planning process has been developed in a form of charrette which enables communities to draw up agreed plans for their neighbourhood/town/district/river/etc. Lucas Associates have successfully facilitated and documented quite a number of such community planning processes over the last 15 years. Plans have resulted which have addressed both immediate concerns and wider sustainability responsibilities. Transport, open space and built density options have been major issues for which completely new directions have been sought and agreed to by the community participants. Process and product examples are presented on the left.

(abstract to New Zealand Planning Institute Conference, Auckland, 1996)

For further reading:

Barnett Memorial Public Lecture, Canterbury Horticultural Society, Designing to Celebrate the Nature of our Place, September 1999

 Greening the City: Bringing Biodiversity Back into the Urban Environment, October 2003