Define Strategy And Objectives
Many communities have completed successful green infrastructure and urban forestry plans. Most follow a similar path: combining data-collection, broad and deep community engagement, collaborative learning and collective decisions. Maps, simulations, forums, charrettes, surveys, and community meetings are also important to the process.
Comprehensive planning succeeds when conveners ensure the on-going participation by elected officials, all the agencies with a stake in the plan, mutually-acceptable metrics, and community representatives whose neighborhoods will benefit.
Check out how Portland, New York and Pittsburgh have used this technique to achieve their green infrastructure and urban forestry goals. See our Resources section to find case studies and other tools that can guide you down this path.