Public Participation Strategy Project

The Town of Okotoks is excited to be undertaking a Public Participation Strategy Project, working closely with the community engagement firm MODUS.

Running from May to December 2017, the project will draw on both best practices and local input to create effective guidelines for how the Town develops, implements and evaluates its public participation activities. 

It will also help the Town develop, resource and implement effective participation activities that meet the public’s needs, ensuring consistency in a wide variety of projects, initiatives, and exercises.  

Feedback from residents, businesses, community groups, Town Council, committees and staff will be essential in developing the strategy and a matching toolkit.  More information on the input opportunities (including a survey and open house) will be available soon. 

Public Participation Strategy Project Process Map

Public Participation Strategy Project News Release

Town works with community to develop participation strategy


The Town of Okotoks is kicking off a Public Participation Strategy project drawing on best practices and local input to guide how the Town develops, implements and evaluates its public participation and engagement activities.

Feedback from residents, businesses, community groups, Town Council, committees and staff will be essential in developing both the strategy and a matching toolkit. The Town is working with the engagement firm MODUS to gather input and develop the strategy and toolkit.

“This process will give us the tools and tactics to foster better and deeper conversations with our citizens in the municipal decision-making process,” said CAO Elaine Vincent. “By ensuring consistent communication with stakeholders, Council can be confident that decisions reached will reflect our residents’ priorities and interests.”

The Public Participation Strategy is the first step in determining how the Town can draw in more voices and ensure Council and staff are considering that input in final directives and in ensuring effective service delivery.

“This project differs from other public involvement projects we’ve done in that it is asking residents and stakeholders how they want to be involved in municipally-focused conversations,” said Nancy Weigel, director of corporate and strategic services.

More information on input opportunities including a survey and open house will be available soon at www.okotoks.ca/publicparticipationstrategy.

For media inquiries contact:
Nancy Weigel, Corporate & Strategic Services Director
Town of Okotoks
403-938-8939

Joan Botkin, Communications Manager
Town of Okotoks
403-995-2792

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