Tools for e-Democracy in Urban Planning

My master’s final paper covers the history of public participation in American urban planning, participation theory, and the general approach that should guide using the Internet for urban planning, among other topics. However, it deliberately avoids the subject of what specific Internet tools could be used. This was intentional, as the technology is rapidly evolving.

Therefore I’ve put together a page on the topic of Internet Tools for e-Democracy in Urban Planning. It contains additional information about why planners should using the web, and a comparison matrix of common Internet technologies (webpages, email lists, blogs, wikis, etc). It also contains an evolving list of additional applications available to local governments that may be useful for urban planning purposes.

Author: Rob Goodspeed


  1. Just discovered this blog and the page about e-Dem Internet Tools for urban planning via friendfeed (

    Great stuff! eDemocracy in urban planning is also on top of the European eParticipation agenda.

    Here are two related blog post:

    – Urban planning 2.0: How eParticipation adds value (

    – DEMOS-Plan tool for participatory processes in land use planning (

    Kind regards,


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