Public Participation Strategy and Toolkit

Residents were invited to participate in the process to develop  a Public Engagement Strategy and Toolkit that will provide the tools and tactics to enhance the conversation between stakeholders and the Town. The results of this public engagement has been posted for your reference.

Feedback from residents, businesses, community groups, Town Council, committees and staff has been essential in developing the strategy and a matching toolkit.  

What we heard        Public Participation Toolkit

Public Participation Strategy Project Process Map

Public Participation Strategy Project Frequently Asked Questions



Public Participation Strategy Project News Release

Town works with community to develop participation strategy

The Town of Okotoks is kicking off a Public Participation Strategy project drawing on best practices and local input to guide how the Town develops, implements and evaluates its public participation and engagement activities.

Feedback from residents, businesses, community groups, Town Council, committees and staff will be essential in developing both the strategy and a matching toolkit. The Town is working with the engagement firm MODUS to gather input and develop the strategy and toolkit.

“This process will give us the tools and tactics to foster better and deeper conversations with our citizens in the municipal decision-making process,” said CAO Elaine Vincent. “By ensuring consistent communication with stakeholders, Council can be confident that decisions reached will reflect our residents’ priorities and interests.”

The Public Participation Strategy is the first step in determining how the Town can draw in more voices and ensure Council and staff are considering that input in final directives and in ensuring effective service delivery.

“This project differs from other public involvement projects we’ve done in that it is asking residents and stakeholders how they want to be involved in municipally-focused conversations,” said Nancy Weigel, director of corporate and strategic services.

Public Participation Strategy Survey Public Service Announcement

Public Service Announcement

Friday, June 9, 2017

Town launches public participation strategy survey
Okotoks residents are invited to share their preferences on how to augment conversation and dialogue in municipal decisions.  The feedback collected is essential in assisting the Town, and engagement firm MODUS, to develop a comprehensive Public Participation strategy and toolkit.

The Town has launched a survey as part of the Public Participation Strategy project to gather feedback from residents and stakeholders on how they would like to be involved in town-focused conversations.

The online survey, available from June 9-July 9, is at:

Paper copies are available at the Municipal Centre reception area.  There is also an opportunity to take the survey at the Operations Centre grand opening event this Saturday, June 10.

The Public Participation Strategy project is the first step in determining how the Town can draw in more voices, providing Council and staff with valuable input to consider in final directives and in ensuring effective service delivery.

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