Planners in Public Spaces is a public engagement initiative started by City Planning in 2013 in order to advance actionable items of its Strategic Plan, under the Strategic Direction for Clear, Consistent and Compelling Communication.
The basic purpose of Planners in Public Spaces is to bring planners to the people and provide opportunities for the public to engage with City Planners, one-on-one, on issues that affect the City and specific concerns they may have about development and policy in the city.
Planners in Public Spaces format is simple. We bring a tent, a table, some planning material and a bunch of planners and set up in parks, recreation centres and some special events like farmers´ markets or festivals. Then we are ready to chat with anyone with a question or comment.
To engage with the people of Toronto by going to where people are in order to increase residents´ access to planners, reach people who don´t attend our traditional public consultations, and advance the public´s understanding of planning with the intention of increasing future citizen participation in the planning process.
LEARN – To actively listen and learn from what we hear.
TEACH – To promote understanding of planning.
PARTNER - To promote dialogue and collaboration.
CONTRIBUTE - To give our energy, time and skills to address various needs in the communities we serve.
INNOVATE - To engage the public in a variety of ways; to reach segments of the public City Planning doesn´t usually engage; and to attract people to events using new methods and tools.
WHO MAKES UP PLANNERS IN PUBLIC SPACES?
Planners in Public Spaces is organized and run by staff volunteers from all four Districts. Planners from Community Planning, Parks, Transportation Planning, Strategic Initiatives Policy and Analysis, Heritage, Urban Design and Graphics, and Committee of Adjustment make up a solid volunteer base that in 2015 is over 65 staff.
Planners in Public Spaces is always interested in partnership opportunities or requests to attend community events.
Ms. Sipo Maphangoh, MES, MBA, MCIP, RPP
Chair, Planners in Public Spaces
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