Full house in support of Citizen Advisory Councils at the June 6th City Council meeting.
It was wonderful to see so many thoughtful and dedicated folks attend last night’s City Council meeting to talk about citizen engagement and the Citizen Advisory Councils. We are at an exciting crossroads for Raleigh with the opportunity to build inclusive and effective two-way communication between the City and our communities. Let’s do it right by utilizing all our citizens’ talents and creating the best possible empowerment tools for Raleigh. Below is how I propose laying a solid foundation for that process:
Citywide Process for Improved Citizen Engagement and Empowerment
1. Statement of Purpose
For more than forty years, the Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) have been Raleigh’s most important forum for citizens to participate directly in community affairs. City Council values the service that CACs provide to our community and wants to improve their effectiveness, with additional resources to increase citizen participation in all areas, including rezonings.
CAC improvements will be coordinated with a citywide facilitated process to improve citizen engagement and empowerment. That process is outlined below.
2. Request For Qualifications (RFQ) Process
a. Engage RFQ facilitators who are highly qualified in the focus areas listed below to design one or more meetings to outline the principles, scope, schedule and deliverables of an RFQ for the Full Process described below. They would guide all aspects and design of meeting structure and agenda in order to promote trust in the process.
b. Develop a detailed consultant RFQ incorporating RFQ facilitator input and other stakeholder input in one or more public meetings.
3. Full Consultant Process
Council will hire the highest quality consultant team, with nationally recognized skills in these focus areas: citizen engagement and empowerment, conflict resolution, social equity and parliamentary procedures. The consultant will undertake an authentic citywide citizen participation effort over the next 2+ years, incorporating the best local and national models, to develop citywide policies, structures and processes in these focus areas.
Consideration of an advisory board or committee will occur after the Consultant’s citywide input and analysis task is completed. CAC improvements will enhance their effectiveness, with additional resources to increase citizen participation in all areas, including rezonings and be coordinated with a citywide facilitated process to improve citizen engagement and empowerment.