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Lea Marie Sullivan Sept. 11, 2007 Community Planning Discussion Box P. 12 The basic theories of community planning are problem oriented versus comprehensive, and interdisciplinary. Comprehensive is the long-term plan. However if the plan does not work out, or “falls through,” then you have a problem oriented plan. An interdisciplinary theory is one that has to confide in other disciplines. It crosses over disciplines like: geography, public administration, biology, business, economics, architecture, law and public health. You need to think about planning theories before applying practical solutions because you can’t go into something without thinking about it first. There could be so many problems wrong with your plan. For instance, there could be environmental issues, or transportation issues along with planning out housing,
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Unformatted text preview: community development, urban design, and park design. If I were collecting data to solve a problem, I would probably use the descriptive level of thinking, which is the second level. This level involves gathering facts from related sources. If I were weighing the options among various alternatives, I’d be using the third level, the evaluative level of thinking. This level involves analyzing all the data at the descriptive level, coming up with the options that might solve the specific problem. I’d be using the fourth level, the subjective or normative thinking to analyze what all the stakeholders were bringing to the table. This level requires the planner to consider the values or bias of each actor in the planning process. They should ask themselves what everyone should bring to the tables....
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