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Archive for August 30th, 2007

Rural Planning

Attended a “Smart Growth” planning meeting for the Town of Brigham (Barneveld) the other night. There were 55 people in attendance representing a real cross section of interests. My message (Skating to Where the Puck Will Be) focused on the perspectives we all bring with us and how planning should be a guideline and not a straight jacket.


The good cross section of perspectives ranging from lifelong residents to people who moved in within the past 5 years will prove invaluable to this process but only if the participants really get to know one another.


What use is perspective and knowledge if we don’t know of them and don’t actively involve them in the mix. Dangerous things happen when we the base for our plans is rooted in assumptions rather than reality.