Community engagement – also called public participation – plays an important role in realizing and shaping many of Coquitlam’s projects, policies and plans, and there is a public expectation to be informed and, where appropriate, reasonably engaged in the decision-making process.
Coquitlam’s Community Engagement Framework formalizes and provides clarity to decision-makers, staff and participants about how Coquitlam informs and involves the community and other interested parties in the City’s decision-making process.
Engaging the public and other interested parties is one part of the City’s overall decision-making process. The City must balance public feedback along with a number of other factors including community need, budget, other strategies and plans, legislation, operational and technical considerations, and staff expertise. Sometimes this means that feedback the City receives is considered, but not acted on if it’s not in balance with other elements of the decision to be made.
Not every project will require input from the community or other interested parties to make a decision. If there is limited ability to impact the decision being made (due to budget, technical constraints, external demands, etc.), the City will focus on information-sharing to ensure the community is kept up to date as the project progresses.
Coquitlam’s approach to Community Engagement is guided by its Community Engagement Framework, which sets out the following guiding principles:
Not every project requires community input.
When does the City share information?
When does the City seek input?
When the City determines that a project requires public input, we consider our engagement goals and look to the Spectrum of Public Participation to help us determine the level of involvement from the public. The level of engagement can change over the course of a project, or between different groups.
Click on the tiles below or visit Coquitlam’s online engagement portal at letstalkcoquitlam.ca for more information on current engagement projects. letstalkcoquitlam.ca includes information on all the City projects and initiatives that include opportunities for community input. There are a variety of ways to learn more and provide feedback, including:
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If you are interested in being more informed of the decisions being made by the City or providing your input to projects seeking feedback, here are ways you can get involved:
Stay informed about City initiatives and engagement opportunities by: