Base on the geographical scope of the project and the target participants, the membership eligibility for the forum should be determined first. A forum open to all citizens is also feasible.
After deciding the topic and target participants, a suitable platform is needed to build up the forum. It can be a new website or a new thread in an existing forum. In some cases, building a planning forum can be as simple as creating a Facebook page. The basic information of the project should be provided for the participants in everyday language to start discussions. A planning information system is usually included in a planning forum.
Advertise the planning forum to target users, encourage them to participate in the discussions and use the planning information system built inside.
Records and storage:
Events and discussions happened in the forum can provide valuable information for all phases of planning. Therefore, the information and knowledge produced in the forum should be recorded and stored properly. The forum aslo needs maintenance.