There are also challenges to running an effective participation process. For example, a lack of political support to conduct a SUMP process that takes lay and expert knowledge seriously, inadequate financial resources or limitations in staff capacities. If stakeholders and the public are insufficiently addressed during the SUMP development process, planners might face unexpected interventions and miss opportunities for cooperation. Further, a wide range of involvement tools are available from which the planning authority needs to find the most suitable combination. Finally, inputs from citizens and stakeholders need to be fed back into technical planning and political decision making.
Are you curious to know more about how to actively engage citizens and stakeholders in sustainable urban mobility planning? Further information can be found in the Participation Kit and the various SUMP knowledge resources CH4LLENGE produced!