Plan Build Live Online and In-Person Public Engagement

Plan Build Live and the Cincinnati Form Based Code


The Wise Economy Workshop led a comprehensive strategy of public participation for Cincinnati’s Plan Build Live, a groundbreaking effort  to remake the development process in the City of Cincinnati by revising the entire suite of development regulations and implementing a comprehensive set of new tools.


The Wise Economy Workshop’s responsibility included


  • Developing and maintaining a ground-breaking website ( that not only provides a transparent suite of information, but also includeds exciting and engaging online public participation,


  • Managing Plan Build Live’s online presence through Twitter and Facebook, blogging and outreach to other regional outlets, such as BuildingCincinnati, 


  • Designing and performing a detailed mix of in-person public engagement methods, ranging from one-on-one meetings to hundred-person Idea Sessions.


Over 700 people participated in Plan Build Live’s public events, and hundreds more engaged online and through community events Team members for Plan Build Live included the media and public relations firm Northlich, LLC, and Wise Economy Workshop Expert Network members Urban Interactive Studios, MindMixer (now MySideWalk), and Sustainable Communities Studio.


The Form Based Code element of Plan Build Live won an unprecedented Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism in 2014.

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