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In 2015, a Mayor’s Standing Committee on Public Engagement was struck to explore better ways of engaging residents, and enhancing communications between the public and Council. The Mayor’s Standing Committee was made up of:

  • Mayor Jack Froese, Chair
  • Councillor Michelle Sparrow
  • Councillor Blair Whitmarsh, and
  • community volunteers: Susanna Haas Lyons, Ellen Peterson, and Barb Sharp.

With input from over 300 community members who participated in a consultation process, including 3 open houses, the Mayor’s Standing Committee prepared a Public Engagement Strategy for Planning and Development. On March 21, 2016, Council endorsed and authorized implementation of the Public Engagement Strategy .

Public Engagement Charter

One of the main deliverables of the Public Engagement Strategy (PES) is a Public Engagement Charter (PEC), committing the Township to enhanced public engagement in planning and development on an on-going basis.

Based on the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Spectrum of Public Participation, the PEC is a high-level policy framework for the Township to involve its citizens in planning and developing the community. It is based on the aspirations and goals to inform, consult, involve, collaborate and empower, each with a corresponding commitment of the Township to the public.

From May 30 to June 29, 2016, the Township made the draft PEC available to the public for comment and input. A Public Open House was held on May 30 to provide an opportunity for residents and community stakeholders to discuss the draft PEC. The results of public input were summarized and a report was prepared for Council. Council adopted the Public Engagement Charter  on October 3, 2016. 

The PEC “commits the Township of Langley to strengthen a spirit of collaboration and to ensure meaningful community consultation contributing to the best possible quality of life for all residents, current and future.”

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