What is Social Planning?
- Builds community well-being
- Focuses on people and their relationships
- Considers all aspects of living in a community
- Involves community development and capacity building
Social planning focuses on people and their relationships including:
- All aspects of living in a community
- Safe neighbourhoods
- Services and supports for community members when they are vulnerable
- Accessible transportation
- Meeting places
- Affordable housing
- Citizen engagement
- A sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone
Basic Principles of Social Planning
Social planning must result in policies, partnerships, forums, and other activities that result in improved community well-being. Establishing and measuring quality of life indicators can be help to chart progress.
Social planning depends on building collaborative relationships and interactions between all stakeholders in a community.
Social planning recognizes the value of ‘planning with’ instead of ‘planning for’ community. Where community members have a role in planning, decision-making and action, the likelihood of creating a workable solution increases.
Community development involves everyone in a community. Although diverse groups of people may be working to achieve various interests and goals, this approach identifies common goals, enhancing individuals’ and groups’ capacity to contribute and succeed.
A lack of understanding or information can escalate social issues. Social development can create opportunities for dialogue and learning.
Inclusion recognizes and respects diversity. It gives all citizens the right to speak and be heard, and to participate in all aspects of society.
A healthy community cares for all of its members, especially those who might be marginalized, vulnerable or in crisis.
Social Planning Goals in Abbotsford
- An increased civic engagement, awareness and capacity for community members to influence policy decisions that affect their lives.
- Better collaboration between the local government and community organizations, schools, businesses and other levels of government to promote more inclusive, equitable and healthy conditions in the community.
- Increased quality, scope and effectiveness of social supports and services in the community.
- Better access to needed services, especially for marginalized and vulnerable community members.
- Stable and well-resourced community organizations that deliver exceptional services and integrate a community development approach.
- A robust network of non-profit agencies for information-sharing, collaboration and collective action.
As the City grows and changes, new social challenges and opportunities will appear. The City is taking numerous steps to build a complete and sustainable community; however, more can and will be done. The end result will be a community where economic, environmental and social needs are balanced in such a way that the highest possible quality of life is provided for all its residents, without compromising the ability of future generations.