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