Handbook of Planning Support Science
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Handbook of Planning Support Science

Edited by Stan Geertman and John Stillwell

Encompassing a broad range of innovative studies on planning support science, this timely Handbook examines how the consequences of pressing societal challenges can be addressed using computer-based systems. Chapters explore the use of new streams of big and open data as well as data from traditional sources, offering significant critical insights into the field.
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Chapter 19: Interactive planning support systems with citizens: lessons learned from renewable energy planning in the Netherlands

Johannes Flacke, Cheryl de Boer, Frans van den Bosch and Karin Pfeffer


One focus of planning support systems (PSS) development to overcome the implementation gap has been on improving their usefulness. Various case studies reveal they are becoming increasingly useful when designed as interactive PSS implemented on a maptable. Studies using these interactive PSS have been undertaken merely involving planning practitioners; what is lacking are studies looking at whether these PSS also allow the wider or more intense participation of laypersons, that is, ordinary citizens, such as those affected by the planning. This chapter discusses possibilities and added values as well as challenges and limitations of using interactive PSS with citizens in the context of energy transition in the Netherlands.

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