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Developing a Comprehensive Public Participation Program for the Raleigh Department of Parks and Recreation

Historical and Current Project Status: 2008-2012

In January 2009, the report, Involving the Public in Park Planning, An Evaluation of the
City of Raleigh’s Park Master Planning Processes
, was presented to City Council. This report evaluated two different processes that the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
(and other agencies, in similar fashion) have used in the past.

The report evaluated the Parks and Recreation Department's two park master plan processes,
the Community Meeting Process and the Resolution Process, through a literature review,
interviews and focus groups. Focus groups were formed by including residents who participated
in the master plan processes for Forest Ridge Park, Horseshoe Farm Park, Leesville Park and Timberlake Park (now called Hill Street Park). Interviews were also conducted with Raleigh Parks
& Recreation Department Staff, members of the Raleigh Parks Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board, and park planning consultants. The report included a holistic overview of public involvement with a review and assessment of Raleigh's public involvement processes. The report concluded
with recommendations to each master plan process.

Comprehensive Public Participation Program for Park Planning: Introduction
The report, Involving the Public in Park Planning, An Evaluation of the City of Raleigh’s
Park Master Planning Processes
,recommended the Parks and Recreation Department go a
step further and create a public involvement policy. Below, are three documents intended to
update and streamline the park Master Planning process beyond the report, "Involving the Public
in Park Planning".The consultants and staff integrated the three main documents by incorporating suggestions from both public and an internal reviews, and a thorough review from the consultants and staff.

Two other documents were created to round out the Public Participation Program for Park Planning during the life of the project:

Project Schedule

Conduct iterature review, interviews and focus groups. September - December, 2008
Report and Presentation to Council:
Involving the Public in Park Planning, An Evaluation of the City of Raleigh’s Park Master Planning Processes
January 20, 2009
New Directions/Discussions: February - September 2009
Proposal, Contract and Research
for Master Plan Policy:
September 2009
First Draft - Policy, Department
Operating Instructions and Guidelines for Public Participation in Park Planning:
September 2009 - February 2010

Public Comment Period:
Public Forum held March 25, 2010

February - April 2010
Revised Contract Negotiations: Winter 2010
Update Documents with
Public Comments:
January - June 2011
Conduct an Internal Review: June - September 2011
Review Documents, Finalize
Responses to Public Comments:
September 2011 - January 2012
City Council Update: January 17, 2012

Public Review of Updated Documents:
Policy, Department Operating Instructions and Guidelines for Public Participation in Park Planning:

January 23 - March 16
Public Meeting:
February 29, 2012
Final Public Comments Due: March 16, 2012
City Council Review:
May 1, 2012
Comprehensive Planning Committee Review: May 9, 2012
City Council Adoption: May 14, 2012

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

2012 Public Forum: Feb 29

The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and the Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI), held a public information exchange on Feb 29, 2012, and provided a public comment period from January 23 through March 16, 2012. The meeting summary is available here: Feb 29, 2012 Meeting Summary.

As a result of the Feb 29, 2012 Information Exchange and comments received from the public, the following responses were provided: Comprehensive Public Participation Program: Public Comment and Responses

2010 Public Forum: March 25

The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department and the Natural Resources Leadership Institute (NRLI), held a public meeting, March 25, 2010 to discuss the three draft documents intended to streamline the Master Planning process. The meeting summary is available here:
March 25, 2010 Public Meeting Summary.

A spreadsheet that contains all of the public comments received in 2010 is presented with corresponding responses from NRLI and Parks & Recreation Department staff.

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