This article originally appeared in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016.
That is a common refrain whenever something is done in our city. Well, make that pretty much any city, really. Whether it’s the rezoning of a lot or the installation of a dog park, there are always people caught by surprise.
In creating our cities and, by extension, building our communities, the need for a public consultation process that both engages and produces results is of the utmost importance. But is it really worth the fuss? And is it the sole responsibility of the city to engage its residents or do we as residents also play a role in the engagement process? Continue reading “Well Nobody Told Me!”
Did you know the City has a Public Engagement Task Force? Yes, they do! I have been a member of this task force since it began meeting in early 2015 to investigate and make recommendations for the City to shape the way they engage with the public.
A task force is different than a committee in that it is brought together for the express purpose of investigating something or developing a single project and is then disbanded. Many committees continue to meet in perpetuity.
I have enjoyed my PETF meetings – the members are creative, intelligent, and inspiring community leaders, along with a number of City employees who work in an engagement capacity (such as communications or planning) frequently. Our conversations are insightful and exciting and I feel like we are really getting meaningful work done that will help connect residents to the City better.
Continue reading “A Chance to Get Engaged”