Milton Town Council has endorsed an updated community engagement framework.
Miltons Public Engagement Principles were first adopted by Council in February 2005 after a resident requested that a committee be established to define public consultation guidelines.
Throughout the consultation process, the Town of Milton staff heard how technology can and should be leveraged to break down barriers to public participation.
From the consultation, 10 principles guiding Miltons commitment to community engagement emerged.
1. Accountable: We will be responsible to citizens and stakeholders for the consultation processes used.
2. Clear and transparent: We will be open and clear about processes and will actively engage stakeholders in the decision-making process.
3. Committed to the use of clear language: We will use clear, plain language in documents and all public communications through a wide variety of formats and channels.
4. Committed to early and timely involvement: We will provide early, regular communication throughout the engagement process and will ensure information is provided in a timely manner to citizens and stakeholders.
5. Dedicated to follow-up and evaluation: We will consider all input from consultations as part of the decision-making process and are committed to communicating back to the community any final or intermediary decisions, as well as how public input was considered.
6. Environmentally sustainable: We will consider the environmental impact when planning public engagement activities.
7. Focused on continuous improvement: We will continually look for ways to improve communication and public engagement activities to inform decision making
8. Financially sustainable: We will ensure the methods and resources used will be appropriate and cost efficient while meeting the needs and interests of the
9. Informative and educational: We are committed to communicating, sharing and cultivating the open-flow of information to encourage authentic community
10. Inclusive and accessible: We will ensure all stakeholders have access to participate in community engagement, and will use a variety to tactics of
encourage robust participation.
Town Council approved this motion with no one opposed.