Proposed Significance and Engagement Policy

The Council consulted on the Significance and Engagement Policy.

Consultation closed at 4.00pm on Thursday 30 November 2017.

The proposed Significance and Engagement Policy outlines how Council will engage with the community based on the significance or importance of an issue, proposal, or matter.

Once the Council determines how significant an issue, proposal or matter is, it can tailor engagement techniques to ensure communities are involved in the decision-making process.

It is important that the Council has this policy because if a decision is considered significant, Council is required by legislation to take special steps to make sure that the community is engaged with. The policy also lets the community know when it can expect to be consulted with and to what level of engagement this might be.

The current policy covers:

  • criteria to determine significance
  • at what level the community can expect to be engaged with, based on significance
  • the Council's strategic assets
  • the Council's engagement techniques