The canals of Amsterdam are an incredible asset to the city. They provide transportation, scenic beauty and are a tourist attraction. The canal system can trace its roots back to city planning in the 17th century. Consider the audacity of anyone thinking that planning in the 17th century would still be delivering functional assets into the 21st century.
If you want to have an impact on the future you can’t be allergic to strategic planning. Not planning reflects a set of decisions that might have the same impact as strategic planning or reflect someone else’s plans. Remember to dream and plan big and perhaps the plans you made today will stand the test of time (and rain) and still will be impacting the world after 400 years.