Allowing all interested parties to have a venue to express concerns and influence a project is important in community planning.
Residents, stakeholders in the community such as local business owners, developers and elected officials, as well as other agencies who will be responsible for implementing and aiding planning efforts may all have different perspectives.
Incorporating the views of all interested parties may help ensure that a plan's recommendations will succeed, because conflicts can be resolved during the planning process. Municipalities that have involved related agencies from the beginning have been able to create more effective plans, as these agencies will make decisions related to the goals of the plan. This section contains many tools to encourage the participation of all interested parties and to ensure efficient implementation.