Land Use Training and Education Program

Effective Community Engagement for Land Use

When and Where:

  • Thursday, June 1 - St. Paul, The League of MN Cities, 145 University Ave. W.

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Check-in begins at 12:30 am)

Fee: $45 (includes materials)

Everyone has ideas and it's our job to create a safe space for participants to reveal, respect, and translate their knowledge and experiences into the planning process and documents. By humanizing the planning process we build a relationship with the public. In this workshop, participants will learn how to validate citizens' experiences, uncover the public's attachment to place and learn alternative ways to communicate and collaborate with the community. Participants will learn the theory and development of Place IT as well as how to facilitate a Place IT workshop. PLACE IT! Is a design and participation-based urban planning practice founded by urban planner James Rojas that uses model-building workshops and onsite interactive models to help engage the public in the planning and design process.

Audience: Designed for those new to land use planning or interested in a review of the fundamentals, as well as interested citizen groups or neighborhood organizations.



James Rojas
James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist and artist. He has developed an innovative, public-engagement and community-visioning method that uses art-making as its medium. Through this method, he has engaged thousands of people by facilitating over four hundred workshops and building over fifty interactive models around the world. He has collaborated with municipalities, nonprofits, community groups, educational institutions and museums to engage, educate and empower the public on transportation, housing, open space and health issues.

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