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In Pursuit of Livability: A Strategic Planning Cooperative



Posted Date:   
March 31, 2005



This report is the result of an eighteen-month collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Partners for Livable Communities to develop a model process for community-driven development strategies. The model process developed consists of five components: broad based public participation, community visioning, and goal setting; accountability through the use of benchmarks and indicators; a consolidated planning framework; aggregation for regional improvement strategies; and an inclusive stewardship body. The report relies in large part on reporting from series of workshops held for community leaders from eight participating communities to discuss the five components, study trends related to each component, and identify how the components can be integrated into a holistic approach to community planning. It also draws on background materials on the communities and the individual initiatives of the participants, as well as on background material given to the participants as part of the program. The report is organized around the five components of the model process and examples from selected communities are highlighted when appropriate.