All masterplanning projects need to be based on clear aims and objectives, expressed through a vision and quantified and justified through an outline business case. How the client body is set up, and how decision-making will involve other stakeholders and the wider community, are issues that need clarity from an early stage.
Masterplanning is about making places. It is a process of resolving conflicts and pursuing shared interests creatively – discussing ideas, agreeing objectives and priorities, testing proposals.
Changing, creating and sustaining a better place for everyone is a complex process, but one that will benefit from the active involvement of those who already live in or have an interest in the area. Identify who has a stake in the proposed project and plan for how you will involve them and when.
The vision is an expression of what a place could be like in the future. It is the foundation of the masterplanning process.
Masterplanning projects should have a client team and management structure that reflects the need for a changing mix of skills as the project progresses. The project management plan sets out how this structure will operate and the decision-making processes that will guide the project.
The masterplan should only include development proposals that are feasible and viable. Prepare an outline business case that enables you to check on some basic questions: is this project realistic, and what do we need to do to make it happen?