Promoting Effective Public Participation at Governing Body Meetings
Opportunities to Deepen Public Participation and Trust
This publication offers suggestions for improving the process of successfully receiving public input at regular local agency meetings. Key goals are to make this input most useful to decision makers and more satisfying to participating residents themselves.
Regular public agency meetings, such as governing body or planning commission meetings, typically represent the bulk of local agency public meeting activity. Such meetings offer a good opportunity to increase public understanding and engagement related to the issues decision-makers are grappling.
This publication is an update of the Institute’s prior publication “Getting the Most Out of Public Hearings.”