Recently, we have been seeing some absolutely fantastic projects using our Places tool for geo-spatial and location based consultations.
In this post, we want to share with you some of the great work that is happening with our Places tool as well as some things we’ve learnt along the way.
At the time of writing this post, the Tauranga Cycle Plan consultation had already received 1749 contributions on their place-based consultation using Places.
The consultation asks community members to help identify cycle routes which need improvement, point out potential new routes, make certain routes a priority and de-prioritise others.
It also asks for help in identifying where there are problems on existing cycling routes.
Using a different category for each identifier is a great way to use the categories section and we particularly like how detailed the Map Information section is in explaining the project and providing instructions on how to take part in the activity.
We also think the added instructions for the schools competition (see below) and the use of a custom survey for each pin to help identify entrants was an excellent way to blend two activities into one.
This Places map from City of Casey is designed to help with future transport planning.
By asking the community to help identify where improvements are needed for roads, rail and bus services as well as walking and cycling, City of Casey was able to collect geographic information to help them plan for the future.
In this map, you can see they have opted to restrict pins to within the polygon area.
This is a great way to target a specific zone for more focussed feedback.
This project from the New Zealand Transport Agency show a great use of Places in the context of long-term program to invest in a State Highway.
Again, this project is seeking to find out from the community what is important to them and what needs to be considered when planning and constructing a new motorway.
What we like about this project, is that it’s a great example of early consultation using geographic mapping to collect feedback.
Rather than using a survey, this activity can now live-on as a visual record of how community responded, becoming a crucial reference point for further development of the project.
This might come as a surprise to many of our American and overseas friends, but as a parent of an Australian child who has caught on to Halloween, finding willing participants to ‘trick-or-treat’ in a country that doesn’t celebrate the event is a yearly challenge.
Snowy Monaro decided to overcome this problem by using Places to help parents and kids identify willing Halloween participants.
We like this consultation because of its application, which is focussed on community building and identifying places for a real world event.
This type of thinking could also be extended to other community events such as; Garage Sale Trails, Fun Runs, School Carnivals and Fete’s, Fireworks and other Public Events.
The above example is taken from our demonstration site and shows how layers can be used to show extra map information.
In this map, we have used open data showing the outlines of 7 Washington DC Police Districts.
You can also see the way we have used admin pins (orange) to provide extra information about each of the districts as pre-populated contextual information for participants.
In the Map Information section, we have also embedded a video, provided a legend and clearly outlined how to get involved in the consultation.
If you would like to learn more about setting up layers and adding these feature we recommend you watch out recorded webinar on Using Places in EHQ.