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21 July 2020 - What is the Participatory Incremental Urban Planning Toolbox?

The Participatory Incremental Urban Planning (PIUP) Toolbox is a step-by-step methodology to assess, design, operationalize and implement urban planning processes. This means that by following the proposed timeline of phases, blocks and activities, the toolbox helps the different urban stakeholders to better understand urban planning processes and to assess at which stage they need to participate to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests considered as part of the city’s vision, policies, strategies, plans and projects.

How does the toolbox help?


The toolbox is a resource for city leaders as it provides a comprehensive and strategic overview of the whole planning process. The toolbox includes a city leaders track, which clearly indicates which are the critical activities in which city leaders should be engaged and dedicate time to. But most importantly, it gives city leaders a clear understanding of which are the key deliverables (urban analysis, scenarios, concept plan,action plan, detailed plans, project feasibility studies…) how they should look like and what they should include. It also presents the critical activities to make sure that the plan is implemented and that positive impact is achieved for the residents.


The toolbox provides city planners and urban planning practitioners with a step-by-step guide on how to run, identify gaps and improve urban planning processes. The toolbox includes a city planning track, it provides a clear prioritization of activities, highlighting which activities are mandatory, recommended or optional, according to the level of detail that best matches the financial and human resources of the municipality. The toolbox also helps practitioners to understand the human and financial resources required to undertake different planning processes. It represents a compilation of tools, operationalization and implementation mechanisms to move the planning process from assessment to implementation.


The tool also provides a civil society, investors and private sector track. The tool is designed to help civil society and urban residents visualize in a simplified manner the complexity of urban planning processes. It also helps them identify the steps in the process critical to influence urban policies, plans and projects. It is also a toolbox to provide more transparency on urban priorities so that public-private investments can be better aligned.

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