Significance and Engagement Policy

The Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy [PDF, 389 KB] lets the community and employees know what they can expect with regard to

• what decisions or matters the Council and the community consider to be particularly important;
• how the Council will assess the importance of matters; and
• how and when the community can expect to be consulted on both.

Engagement

The Policy aims to:
• ensure a clear and consistent approach to how we engage with residents, ratepayers and stakeholders; and
• ensure residents, ratepayers and stakeholders get accurate information in a timely manner so they can make informed comment during the decision-making process.

It also provides guidance to elected members and Council staff as to what level and form of engagement may be required from the start of a decision-making process.

Significance

The Policy shows how the Council will assess importance during a decision-making process, ie its level of significance.  The level of significance is a guide to the degree of community engagement that may be required to gain an understanding of community views and preferences on an issue.

Councils introduced these policies this year as a result of recent changes to the Local Government Act 2002.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz