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Grassroots Consensus Building and Collaborative Planning

32 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2011  

Peter W. Salsich

Saint Louis University - School of Law

Date Written: April, 25 2011


The neighborhood collaborative planning movement has an important role to play in efforts to remake American cities. This article begins by defining neighborhood collaborative planning which centers around the importance of resident participation in decisions affecting their community. The article explains how neighborhood collaborative planning is a useful way for residents to take part in governmental decision making, particularly in large cities where distance and complexity of the governmental process may make it difficult for ordinary citizens to participate. Next, it outlines the roles that lawyers and community organizer serve under the two strategies used to foster neighborhood collaborative planning, (1) the advocacy/ confrontation model and (2) the collaborative/ consensus building approach. Also, the article briefly discusses the implementation of programs in various jurisdictions and addresses potential issues that can arise such as ethical issues of inclusion, legal issues of voting, and participation alternatives. The article concludes that neighborhood collaborative planning can be a useful technique for enabling residents who have a stake in the outcome of decisions affecting their community a way to participate in the decision making process.

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Salsich, Peter W., Grassroots Consensus Building and Collaborative Planning (April, 25 2011). Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 3, p. 709, 2000; Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN:

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