Spectrum of Public Participation produced by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
Like many local governments, the Town of Okotoks uses the spectrum to have internal discussions about what level of public participation is needed for a given issue, and to properly communicate “the promise to the public” both internally and externally. Each type of participation, from “inform” to “empower,” can be useful and appropriate in different circumstances. Many factors determine the level of public participation required in a process, such as Council priorities, history of and context for the issue, and potential impacts of the initiative (e.g., financial, quality of life, health and safety, environmental, lifestyle, etc.)
Would you like to present to Council on a specific issue? Learn more about delegations, question period and petitions at www.okotoks.ca/presentingtocouncil.