Urbani izziv Volume 14, No. 1, June 2003
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Participation in physical planning
Physical planning is also a political activity. Therefore participation is a necessary form of democratic actions undertaken by individuals and groups that strive for democratisation of civil society and strengthening of democratic social values. Public participation of citizens, legal subjects, interest groups and others in physical planning is essential even from the aspect of ensuring success and efficiency of planning documents, if the idea is to devise a plan, which the people would be ready and capable of implementing. Thus the role of the physical planner is changing from technical expert to mediator or anchor-person, who nevertheless has to operate within a normative framework.
competency, physical planner, physical planning, physical planning policy, public participation, subsidiarity