15 September 2008

Community Development Project - Policy Guides

As required by the context of my assignment in the Community Development course, I need to select the Policy Guides from the Policy Guide on Neighborhood Collaborative Planning published by the American Planning Association that my Community Development Initiative will adhere to. Below are the Policy Guides that I see my initiative adhering to at this time:

  • POLICY 1. Comprehensive plans provide the framework for neighborhood planning and should be done within the context of a community-wide plan.
  • POLICY 2. Where there are identifiable neighborhoods, a jurisdiction's comprehensive plan should reflect neighborhood plans and neighborhood plans should support the broader needs of the community and region.
  • POLICY 3. Planning decisions should be directed to the most appropriate level. Planning decisions that have limited impact on the community as a whole should be made by, or on the basis of advice given by, those neighborhood groups primarily affected. On the other hand, planning decisions that affect the community as a whole should not be overly influenced by a single neighborhood's needs or interests.
  • POLICY 4. Neighborhoods should be encouraged to seek the best organizational structure that is suited to achieve their goals and objectives such as, but not limited to neighborhood associations, co-ops, development corporations.
  • POLICY 7. To be effective in many cases, neighborhood planning needs to go beyond addressing the physical conditions of the area and also examine issues of social equity.
  • POLICY 10. Citizen participation should be required in sufficient form and detail to ensure the broadest possible participation opportunity for the widest variety of residents and stakeholders.
  • POLICY 15. City plans should incorporate neighborhood level perspectives to the city's decision-making and planning processes. The city should also establish the neighborhood as a basic area for needs assessment, provision and improvement.
  • POLICY 16. City government should establish city-wide goals and criteria for approving neighborhood plans. These criteria should be developed with the participation and support of the neighborhoods. Goals and criteria should address the issue of neighborhood boundaries and how neighborhood organizations are recognized as "official".
  • POLICY 18. At a minimum, cities should be encouraged to provide financial assistance for a variety of categorical programs for undertaking comprehensive neighborhood vision programs, planning efforts, and establishing indicators of performance.
  • POLICY 19. City government should be encouraged to coordinate the resources of the city according to approved neighborhood plans. This includes funds for transportation, community policing, solid waste services, housing and community development, school and library funding and economic development and tourism among others.
  • POLICY 24. Neighborhood plans and planning should address a wide range of issues, but should be tailored to meet their specific needs, for example: a. A definition of neighborhood boundaries--a description of how they were derived and how they apply to municipal service areas; b. A directory of who is involved and who should be involved in the planning process; c. A vision statement; d. Overall objectives for each element of the vision statement; e. Physical plan of the neighborhood indicating proposed improvements to the neighborhood f. Specific tasks and assignments; g. Design guidelines h. Links to city-wide objectives; i. A directory of resources; j. Short-term implementation projects to build support and momentum. k. Statistics about the neighborhood, including population, employment, education, etc.; l. Maps showing neighborhood resources such as churches, libraries, parks, historic sites, neighborhood landmarks and characteristics such as demographics m. An implementation chart n. A date of adoption and date for the next review or update o. Statement of acceptance by the municipality

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