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Streetscape Policy Brief

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Heller School for Social Policy and Management MPP Capstone Presentation

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Streetscape Policy Brief

  1. 1. The Fisherville Farnumsville Streetscape Project: Opportunities for Civic Engagement and Collaborative Governance
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>South Grafton development </li></ul><ul><li>Public participation in Planning and development </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities to Expand community involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fisherville and Farnumsville <ul><li>Fisherville Mill Fire </li></ul><ul><li>Absentee landlords, degraded sidewalks </li></ul><ul><li>40R Smart Growth Overlay District and Rehab Funds </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Streetscape Project <ul><li>New park, streetscape improvements: trees, bike lane, sidewalks </li></ul><ul><li>Changing zoning to mimic historic mill village development </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Necessity of Public Participation <ul><li>Neighborhood disinvestment causes suspicion of zoning changes </li></ul><ul><li>Governance system lacks nuanced avenues for community engagement in planning </li></ul><ul><li>Public support necessary for Town Meeting </li></ul>
  6. 6. From Confrontation to Collaboration <ul><li>Community-engaged planning can: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Include unheard voices in community development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Foster a sense of citizen ownership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prevent unwanted development </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Criteria to Evaluate Empowered Participation <ul><li>Community knowledge and preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Fairness and legitimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Accountable autonomy </li></ul>
  8. 8. Options for Empowered Participation <ul><ul><li>Information sharing and outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-Production of public goods </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Option 1: Information Sharing, Outreach, and Education <ul><li>Outreach through existing Fisherville and Farnumsville Streetscape Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Streetscape presentation for local organizations </li></ul>
  10. 10. Option 2: Collaborative Planning <ul><ul><li>Include more citizens in visioning and planning process for South Grafton redevelopment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate a public planning series on community issues to inform master plan Changes </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Option 3: Citizen Capacity Building in South Grafton <ul><ul><li>Provide staff assistance for resident-led projects: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Farmer’s market, community gardens, Green initiatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote ownership and volunteerism through matched mini-grants </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Weighing Options Information Sharing Co-Planning Co-Production Community knowledge and preferences maybe yes yes Fairness and Legitimacy yes yes yes Empowered Participation no maybe yes
  13. 13. Informing Citizens, Reviewing the Master Plan, Funding Neighborhood Initiatives <ul><li>Outreach and Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter and presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>relational approach to building support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus on Local ownership of master plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cross-committee involvement in revising Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>matched mini-grants and neighborhood initiatives to advance goals of Master Plan </li></ul>
  14. 14. Broad Participation Sustainable Communities <ul><li>Broad public participation can improve outcomes in community planning </li></ul><ul><li>All residents have a role in preserving and revitalizing Grafton </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions

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