CMAP’s Regional Planning in Riverside — 7/16 + 17/2009

Dear all,

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning event tonight is a great example of how planning may be done at a regional scale. It uses new technology to great effect, which creates a dynamic representation of participant preferences regarding a variety of key factors.

If you can make it to the website and register, or just come by tonight, you will have an experience that may convince you that planning can be very informative and helpful — indeed a means of identifying agreement areas, as opposed to isolation zones.

POSTED THURSDAY JUL 16, 2009 14:41 #

Fascinating session last night. I urge all who are interested in planning to visit the CMAP website. It has several levels of aggregation about the regional plan, as well as listings of other sessions like last night, should you wish to participate.

Regarding the regional 2040 plan, CMAP is seeking both individual and “group” input. Individual input takes place via the web and several kiosks that are moving around the region (don’t wait for a kiosk, head for the web). The group input is an aggregation of the sessions like last night, in which groups come together, are led through the process by a facilitator, and make about eight or ten choices about public goods and, in one case, a private market. Those stated preferences are then portrayed to the session participants at the conclusion of their session. The same results are rolled up into CMAP’s big magilla — its regional preference database.

They are out doing sessions like last night, which take at least two staffers but are helped by having three or more depending on size, to build the number of entries in the big database. Obviously, since the sessions are open to all, this element of their activity is grounded in the law of large numbers more than inferential statistics. They are probably doing a big survey with a statistically significant random sample (one would hope, an “oversample”) as a validation, though I am not sure about that.

As regards Riverside, the new technology for real-time preference presentation, in which participants are given a clicker to reply to multiple choice questions, is quite clearly applicable. I was delighted to see a Trustee there personally experiencing the method. He was enthusiastic. I think this approach to building a visual preference vocabulary for the town is the key to identifying areas of agreement and common purpose, around which we can build our responses to planning issues.

If you missed it, you may want to go to another session. They are happening all over, so I am sure one will take place in Brookfield or LaGrange.

POSTED FRIDAY JUL 17, 2009 09:25 #
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