The community influences decision-making at the local level by democratically identifying its local priorities with the aim of improving quality of life.
Community planning is a process that acknowledges the:
- importance of distributed leadership
- value of citizen consultation and involvement
- need to focus first on people and places, not just programs and outputs
- value of local information and networks
Community planning processes help communities to identify priorities and assist councils in their identification of strategic issues, and the development of council plans, community plans and long-term financial plans.