Why does Social Planning matter?
No longer content with the status quo, citizens are demanding that governments consider social and environmental outcomes alongside the economic bottom line. There is a renewed interest in the importance and value of land use management in the quality of our lives and the local communities. There is potential for dramatic social benefits with minimal negative impact if the right decisions are made now. Social planning organizations work to increase the effectiveness of communities in achieving greater long-term control over their circumstances. How we design, manage, and use community resources makes the difference in shaping the environment in which our children will live.
Social planning organizations ideally serve the public interest of urban and regional communities through their activities. They provide a forum for exchange of views on planning issues, and promote planning issues to the community, governments, and private sector. They recommend actions that meet the need of the entire community. Their goal is to support environmentally and socially sustainable development.