2005 Conference - Tuesday Concurrent Sessions 6
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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM      Concurrent Sessions  (6)

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The NCI Charrette:  Tools and Techniques for the Toughest Projects Bill Lennertz, Executive Director of the National Charrette Institute
This session will use a case study, the design of the Pleasant Hill BART Station in Contra Costa County California, to examine the transformative effects of a well-run charrette. It will also explain the place of the charrette in NCI's larger Dynamic Planning process and will explain the ten strategies necessary for lasting, transformative, and healthy community change.  

Port of Portland Noise Abatement: Involving The Public In Developing Solutions, Kyle Brown, Project Manager The JD White Company, Inc.
For over 50 years, Portland International Airport (PDX on the luggage tags) has occupied a strip of land on the south bank of the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon. Vancouver, Washington, is just across the river. Most of the 1.95 million people who live in the region are happy to use PDX when they need to--it’s convenient, well-run, and attractive. However, not everyone in the metro area likes the noise the planes at PDX make. Since PDX seems like a relative newcomer to some of the neighborhoods it impacts, the challenges the airport operator faces in abating noise can often seem insurmountable because some believe PDX should not exist at all in its current location. Fortunately, airports can explore noise abatement options which ultimately distribute noise more equitably or lessen the overall impacts.  


A Quantitative Study of Effective Public Participation, Kristina Ray, Vice President, Katz & Associates
A recent survey tested some common assumptions about public participation, with surprising results.  Come learn how this 800 person study took existing literature about public participation, put it into a theoretical model and tested the model using a quantitative, statistically representative survey approach.  The findings will help you validate your public participation approach with managers and policy makers and teach you how to avoid one very common pitfall  

Engaging Citizens – How do BC municipalities engage citizens in their communities?, Jill Symonds, School of Public Administration, University of Victoria 
This presentation will be based on a report that surveys current local government practices of non-statutory citizen engagement in British Columbia. The presentation will touch on lessons learned in a variety of municipalities across BC and will highlight some of the differences between municipalities of different population sizes. As such, the information will be particularly relevant to local government practitioners as well as others whose work intersects with local or provincial governments.


Lessons from Two Oregon Watersheds:  Public Knowledge, Preferences, and Involvement in Adaptive Ecosystem Management, Robert l. Williams, RESOLVE, Inc.
Explore the bridge between social science research and the public involvement profession with a comparative case study of the McKenzie and Santiam Watersheds in western Oregon.  A mixed model social assessment, combining quantitative (mail survey) and qualitative (interview, focus group, and participant observation) techniques, was undertaken by the investigator while a graduate student at Oregon State University.  Findings focused on knowledge differences between attentive, general, urban, and rural publics.  Discuss the application of these findings through the investigator’s current role as a facilitator and public involvement specialist.

A Place at the Table For Nature:  Some Ways of Representing the Nonhuman Natural World in Community, Wendy Sarkissian, Ph.d, Fpia, Director, Sarkissian Associates
Planners In most participatory planning contexts, the environment is “taken into account” but the voice of Nature is not heard.  This discussion asks how might we give Nature – the nonhuman world – a seat at the negotiating table.  Two practical examples suggest one way that our limited role as “stewards” may be redeemed.  The presentation, illustrated with slides from participatory processes undertaken by the speaker, explains how two projects sought to address complex environmental ethics issues and offers several practical suggestions for enriching participatory planning to offer an authentic role for Nature and those who speak on behalf of nature. 

Whose Waterfront Is It Anyway?, Mary Lou Tanner, City of Hamilton
Waterfront planning and development can be one of the most controversial planning projects any City can undertake.  The varying and competing interests can lead to no action because the differing positions cannot be brought to a common understanding.  This presentation will outline the project, the challenges, the public consultation process, and how a planning project designed around consultation ultimately was the path to success in this project.

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