Web-based and traditional public participation in comprehensive planning : a comparative study

Stern, Eliahu, Gudes, Ori, & Svoray, Tal (2009) Web-based and traditional public participation in comprehensive planning : a comparative study. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design, 36, pp. 1067-1085.

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The present paper examines whether the potential advantages of the expanding practice of web-based public participation only complement the benefits of the traditional techniques, or are empowering enough to replace them. The question is examined in a real-world case of neighbourhood revitalization, in which both techniques were practiced simultaneously. Comparisons are made at four major planning junctions, in order to study the contributions of each technique to the qualities of involvement, trust, and empowerment. The results show that web-based participants not only differ from the participants of traditional practices, but they also differ from each other on the basis of their type of web participation. The results indicate that web-based participation is an effective and affective complementary means of public participation, but it cannot replace the traditional unmediated techniques.

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ID Code: 34211
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published version available via Official URL.
Keywords: Public participation, web-based public participation, GIS, Traditional public participation, Urban planning
DOI: 10.1068/b34113
ISSN: 0265-8135
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > GEOMATIC ENGINEERING (090900) > Geospatial Information Systems (090903)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Community Planning (120501)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 24 Aug 2010 01:31
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:42

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