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Community Planning Step 2: Information

Now that you have a group of community members who have committed to starting the community planning process, the second step of the community planning process is to gather as much information as you can about your community.

This includes information held by governments and individuals that can help you understand what makes your community tick, and what are the processes of change.  Gathering this information and data will set you up for Step 3, which is to gather ideas and suggestions from community members themselves.

Your group will do some or all of the following:

  • gather relevant local information
  • ask government officials, experts, and politicians to speak at your meetings about your community
  • gather census and other data about your community
  • gather strategies and plans government agencies
  • gather data and histories from community groups and local businesses
  • collect stories from local people who have lived or worked in your community for a long time
  • develop a community engagement plan, so that you are ready for Step 3.

For more details, ideas and suggestions, click here to see the Community Planning Guide (DOCX, 93KB).



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