PlanningPress is a web template for effective project websites, intended to increase citizen engagement in transportation planning.
The web has opened up new modes of communication between governments and the public, introduced new possibilities for collaborative work, and made dynamic data visualization and analysis possible. PlanningPress makes it straightforward to apply these opportunities to community transportation planning. Everyone involved can review and engage in dialog on ideas and proposals, using maps and a user-friendly interface.
Intended for use by transportation departments and agencies, PlanningPress complements and extends the reach of an existing planning process. It enables regular, non-technical team members to publish updates. The simple content management system is built on WordPress, a widely-used publishing platform.
PlanningPress sites can be enhanced with our Street View based visual engagement tools. Fitzgerald allows users to comment on on top of Street View images to notate exactly where issues exist. Beautiful Streets allows users to perform pairwise comparisons of streetscapes.
NYCDOT’s Jackson Heights portal is powered by PlanningPress. The website introduces the changes proposed for the neighborhood and shows them in detail allowing residents to comment on the plans. It lays out a timeline for events concerning the project, has an interactive map, news updates and other resources to help people understand the project as it develops.
Similar PlanningPress deployments for different outreach efforts are in use by NYCDOT around the city:
- Brooklyn’s Fourth Avenue Improvements
- Manhattan’s Chinatown Curbside Improvements
- Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway