chapter  5.3
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Place, Community Values and Planning

WithPamela Kaufman

Understanding the values of local residents and community groups allows planning and heritage professionals to conserve and create environments that have meaning and identity, and may help planners to reduce potential conflict and increase resident satisfaction. Local residents and community groups do not tend to distinguish between different types of values when explaining why a place is important to them. Social value is a significant component of community value and, due to its intangible and subjective nature, is difficult to identify and assess. Perspectives about community values and the significance of local places often differ between the planning professional and local residents. The humanist approach has played a major role in the evolution of our understanding of cultural landscapes by introducing the concept of meaning of place. Interim Park was meant to be a temporary measure, providing community open space during the extensive redevelopment phase.