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Principle Five: The Revision Principle

Creating a Project Proposal



Focusing on the visioning stage of planning, the Project Proposal describes a design challenge that can benefit from an official Specific Plan developed by the city. The role of the Project Proposal is to give input and a foundation to the Specific Plan, detailing the range of potential options. The Project Proposal goes through several drafts circulated for public feedback before being passed to the City, which may choose to use its momentum in creating a Specific Plan.


The “My City” process helps in the formatting and graphic needs of the Project Proposal and Project Video proposed by any individual, agency, group, or developer. Though the planning department continues all its usual and current approaches, it can also choose to adopt a “My City” approach. After a large “My City” Event measures public sentiment, revisions can be made to a proposal to reflect of the full spectrum of public input. The Project Proposal is then presented to the city by the Project Team.

Currently, all cities allow the submittal of written suggestions from the public. The problem is that there is rarely a formal process that insures public input gets sufficient consideration, continuity and momentum to affect the formal planning process.



INITIAL PROJECT PROPOSAL Overview circulated for feedback and to find support. For the Passages Project, this corresponds to the original 11-page, November 2010 proposal.


VERSION 1 THE STARTER KIT VERSION This is a “container version” suggesting potential directions. Sections divided by themes include history, a range of schematic solutions, Questions that Remain, and potentially a Request for Solution. The Passages Project found at is an example of version 1. VERSIONS 2-5 PANEL REVISION: ADDITIONS, DETAIL After circulating Version 1 at a mid-sized event, the original author passes the “container version” to a panel for revision to include further public input.

The first drafts of the Project Proposal can be generated by any individual, group, business, agency or the Planning Department itself, were it to wish to do so. If a proposal garners enough interest it is passed to a Project Team of interested volunteers, which could include the original author. The project then continues development, led by the Project Team which receives technical and graphic support services from the local “My City” organization. See also, pages 144-145.





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