Should land use planning be more open to the communities that are being planned? Of course. A recent report, Inclusive City, Strategies to achieve more equitable and predictable land use in New York City — http://library.rpa.org/pdf/Inclusive-City-NYC.pdf — thinks so. A few short years ago, when the City Club had an active Planning Committee, we published a paper that offered similar advice, although from a regional rather than strictly city perspective.
Read the paper here (pdf).