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Participatory planning

Summary
Participatory planning is an urban planning paradigm that emphasizes involving the entire community in the community planning process. Participatory planning emerged in response to the centralized and rationalistic approaches that defined early urban planning work. It has become an influential paradigm both in the context of traditional urban planning, and in the context of international community development. There is no singular theoretical framework or set of practical methods that make up participatory planning. It is a broad paradigm that incorporates a wide range of theories and approaches. Generally, it seems to integrate technical expertise with the preferences and knowledge of community members during the planning process. Consensus building and collective decision making is usually emphasised, and the inclusion of traditionally marginalized groups in the planning process is also usually prioritised. Origins Rational planning tradition Prior to t
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