About two years ago, the public administration of Santarcangelo di Romagna started to deal with the definition of the ‘Piano Strutturale Comunale’ (‘PSC’), an innovative town planning tool introduced by the law n. 20 issued by Regione Emilia Romagna in 2000 to map out the future of the city for the next 15 to 20 years.
The PSC replaces the previous urban planning tools (the ‘Piani Regolatori Generali’) by focusing the attention of the public administrators on essential elements for all communities such as sustainable social policies, respect for the environment and an equal distribution of economic resources among the population. Principally, the public administration of Santarcangelo di Romagna had to undertake two different processes: on the one hand, dealing with the PSC in a strictly technical way through dialogue with the ‘traditional’ stakeholders (technicians, engineers and architects); and on the other hand, opening a process of interaction and communication with citizens, non-profit organisations and all the public actors in social and economic life.
The public administration of Santarcangelo di Romagna chose to activate citizen consultation systems. The main objective of the project was to map out the city of tomorrow together with the citizens of today. In other words, the main purpose was to involve people in the PSC definition by recognising they had an active role in making policy decisions. Specific objectives were to provide wide access to all the information related to PSC; to simplify the language linked to town planning, traditionally full of acronyms, technicalities and an involved style; to enhance openness, transparency and publicity; to promote a wide interest in technical subjects; and eventually to support citizen involvement through new technologies.
In this way, the administrators chose to implement the content of section 8 of law n. 20/2000, which underlines the central role of participation of economic and social associations in the definition of the strategic aims of the PSC and the importance of activating specific forms of transparency and publicity towards citizens.
The process of involvement started in November 2007 with the first meeting with citizens in order to introduce the key concepts related to the new town planning tool. It continued in 2008 and is still active, given that the public administration communicates any information related to town planning and to the government plan in general.
|Award category:||public service delivery|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:||e-government|
|Keywords:||Citizen consultation, citizen involvement, transparency, town & urban planning|
|Short English description:||The main purpose was to involve people in the PSC definition by recognising they had an active role in making policy decisions|
|Organisation:||Comune di Santarcangelo di Romagna|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:|
|EU membership:||EU member|