chapter  20
Community Facilities
WithLarz T. Anderson
Pages 9

A community facility is generally considered to be a building or site which is owned and operated by a local governmental agency, and is used to provide services to the public. Experience has shown that public information and public participation during the planning process are essential foundations for public acceptance, and public acceptance is very important in any city that wishes to build a new community facility. Preliminary Economic Analysis is often useful to make approximations of what the cost of acquiring and operating a proposed new community facility might be before a decision is made to build it. A sketch site plan is a quickly made, preliminary graphic representation of how a site might be developed for the selected community facility. The "Not In My Back Yard" syndrome is virtually always present when a new location for a community facility is proposed.