City of Vernon has new public engagement plan
Contributed/The City of Vernon
Vernon City Hall
(CHARLOTTE HELSTON / iNFOnews.ca)
July 12, 2016 - 5:42 PM
VERNON - The City of Vernon will be issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for public engagement web tools as part of the City’s Public Participation (P2) Strategy.
The P2 strategy was identified as a priority in Council’s Strategic Plan 2015-2018, and was developed using best practices from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2).
The strategy stresses the importance and value of engaging residents, stakeholders and partners in decision-making and recognizes that the public also has an expectation that the City will engage them in key decision-making.
Public engagement web tools will help staff seek out and facilitate the involvement of those members of the public potentially affected by or interested in a decision, and will enhance the City’s ability to reach a broad spectrum of Vernon residents in order to gather meaningful data to inform decisions made by Council.
In addition to web tools, the City will also be utilizing other face-to-face methods of engaging the public that consider different demographics, accessibility, locations, language and cultural differences.
As part of the strategy, City staff are being trained in IAP2 principles, planning and techniques, which will be integrated into current and upcoming City projects that impact Vernon businesses, residents and other stakeholders. In addition, preference will be given to external consultants and contractors with a demonstrated familiarity with IAP2 principles and techniques during bid processes with the City.
The City is hosting training in IAP2 planning in November, with a follow-up techniques module in February of 2017.
Both modules are available to the public. A public awareness campaign regarding engagement with the City will begin in early 2017, once the integration of web tools and P2 training are complete.
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