Over the past year, a Working Group on Legal Frameworks for
Public Participation has produced a model local ordinance for
public participation as a tool for local agencies to use in
committing to inclusive and authentic public participation in
local agency decision-making processes.
The ordinance is the subject of a session at the International
Municipal Lawyers Association session yesterday in San Francisco
and will soon be published by the National Civic League as part
of a larger package of articles and essays.
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials
understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their
public service, these materials are not technical or legal
advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical
experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for
up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.
This agency’s approach is an example of a sustained orientation
to public engagement. In other words, the agency has made a
commitment to a longer-term, “co-produced” public engagement,
developed by the local agency in collaboration with the
community. This typically involves developing and adopting a set
of principles that commits the agency to effective and inclusive