We approach planning as a systematic decision-making process that focuses attention on important issues and on how to resolve them. Planning provides an approach and general framework for action: a way to be inclusive and determine priorities, make wise choices and allocate scarce resources (e.g., time, money, skills) to achieve stated objectives. Some typical planning projects are:
• Comprehensive community plans (CCP)
• Official Community Plans
• Land Use Plans
• Economic Development Plans
• Implementation and Action Plans
• Corporate Strategic Plans
• Physical Site Plans
• Climate Change Plans
• Sector Plans (health, transportation, tourism, agriculture)
Planning is preparing for the future. It is something we all do, but it is not always easy. Things can quickly become complex as new information is generated and multiple interests are identified. Facts and values can get mixed up. Uncertainty and risk are not addressed. Planning processes can stall or be derailed by loud voices or lack of capacity. Unhelpful “laundry lists” get generated that end up collecting dust on a shelf rather than achieving action on the ground. These challenges are compounded by poorly structured approaches or more prescriptive ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches.
For over 25 years we have been committed to working with clients and communities to not only avoid the pitfalls but to achieve the highest standards in the profession. Our planning approach helps identify the most effective and realistic options. Using both well established and cutting edge tools and techniques, our Ten Steps to Successful Planning © (shown below) approach is based on four guiding questions: 1) Where are we now? 2) Where do we want to go? 3) How do we get there? 4) Have we arrived?
Guidebooks, Toolkits and Publications
Strategic Planning Toolkit for Local Economic Development
BC Government. 2013
Promoting Local Economic Development through Strategic Planning
UN-HABITAT and EcoPlan International. 2005.
Strategic Planning for Participatory District Development
UN HABITAT. 2007
We have been recognized with over 25 awards in planning. Please visit our Awards page http://epiconsulting.ca/awards/ for details.