The Concept of a “Consent Calendar”
To expedite meetings and reserve time for matters that need to be discussed, many local agencies have a section on their agendas labeled as the “consent calendar.”
Items on the consent calendar are generally non-controversial items that do not require much, if any, discussion.
The consent calendar allows decision-makers to group such items together under one heading and decide them at one time.
Local agencies typically have a procedure for removing an item from the consent calendar for separate discussion.
This enables the item to be considered and voted upon separately if discussion is needed or if a decision-maker needs to not vote on that item because of a disqualifying conflict of interest.