Public Engagement Process

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The City Planning and Development Department is implementing a code amendment to the public engagement process for development in the city. 

*City Council approved the ordinance at a hearing on Thursday, June 27, 2019.  The ordinance is effective October 1, 2019.

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This ordinance aims to provide a setting for an applicant and citizens to engage in a constructive dialogue about a land use or development proposal with community impacts. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to:

  • codify engagement requirements that will result in developers engaging with neighborhoods early in the process
  • give neighborhoods an an opportunity communicate feedback to developers and resolve any conflicts prior to a public hearing
  • set clear benchmarks so there are consistent expectations for all project applicants
  • create a streamlined process where city staff is able to ensure engagement requirements are met before a public hearing in front of CPC or City Council

Staff worked with the development community and neighborhood associations to draft the ordinance and do not anticipate these changes resulting in a longer process, but rather, a more streamlined process that ensures conversations between neighborhoods and developers.