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.
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 public engagement.