Definition – In the context of SUMP, ownership refers to a high degree of commitment and responsibility for a plan, policy or measure by stakeholders and citizens, resulting from their involvement in the formulation of plans and measures. A feeling of ownership among stakeholders would likely result in participants asking questions like “How can we solve this?” as opposed to “What are you [the public authority or transport operator] going to do about it?”
Relevance to SUMP – One of the reasons for promoting participation throughout the preparation of SUMPs is that it will lead to greater public ownership of the strategy and proposed measures. This should help to maintain political support and limit objections to SUMP measures during the implementation phase.
Source: Oxford Dictionaries (online)