Let's Talk Greater Napanee Community Engagement Platform

We Need Your Input! Here's How You Can Share Your Voice and Get Involved in 2022:

Stay connected with you Municipal Council and staff through our new community engagement platform, 'Let's Talk Greater Napanee.' 

Visit Let's Talk Greater Napanee and register your account to get involved and stay informed! Let's Talk Greater Napanee will be the centralized source of information for public consultation opportunities.

Don't miss a chance to participate in any public consultation opportunities! Download or print off a copy of our Engagement Chart to keep track of the available engagement opportunities! We will be updating this chart regularly as projects finish and new ones begin.


Let's Talk Greater Napanee is a space for our community to share ideas, discuss important topic, provide feedback on policy and planning and contribute to the future of Greater Napanee.

 What's Happening in 2022

There will be several major projects that Town staff will be engaging the public in over the course of 2022 as input into developing an inclusive, safe, healthy and viable community.

Our community engagement platform, Let’s Talk Greater Napanee, will be the centralized source of information for public consultation opportunities.

Why it is Important to get Engaged 
When the community comes together, it can lead to improved outcomes for our town. It is an opportunity to share your own aspirations, concerns, and values for our community with our municipal leaders. Community engagement allows our municipal leaders to show transparency, legitimacy, and efficiency in the decision making process, while understanding and embracing the needs, wants and ideas from residents thus creating an informed and involved community.
 Connectivity during COVID-19
The health and safety of the community is the Town’s top priority. Our staff will be abiding by all COVID-19 health and safety measures that are currently in place, or may be in place, by the Province and our local Public Health Unit. Covid-19 regulations and restrictions will influence how we conduct some of our public engagement strategies. For example, in-person consultations may have to be moved to virtual meetings due to gathering limits. Recognizing that methods of online engagement may not be suitable for everyone, staff will try their absolute best to develop safe engagement and communications efforts to reach as many residents as possible.
 Benefits of Remote (Virtual) Engagement

 With COVID still in our lives making in-person meetings harder to plan and execute, local governments have turned to “online public participation platforms” to facilitate public participation. These online community engagement tools present information in a way that is easy for residents to understand and comment on. While online tools are not a replacement for traditional engagement methods, they are a valuable addition to the public participation process, providing key benefits for communities, including:

 

 

  

Reaching a Broader Audience

For those residents who lack the time, who don't live nearby meeting venues, or lack the inclination to contribute to face-to-face engagement process, online engagement offers an alternative participation medium.

More Accessible Information

Online platforms present data in a more digestible format, offering residents the option to consume essential background information and delve into varying levels of detail based on their interest.

Inviting a Larger Range of Perspectives Online participation offers a medium for broader, more moderate views. Residents have the ability to follow a more engaging process online; i.e. place a pin on a map, upload a photo, post a comment, and invite others to collaborate
Producing Hard Data Online engagement makes public participation visible and transparent and encourages input from everyone. In the traditional public participation process, capturing and analyzing data can be time consuming and inaccurate. With online tools, data is collected throughout the process and is immediately available for analysis; turning softer issues into more quantifiable data.
Sustained Participation Online platforms pave the way for continuous Placemaking, helping our staff to capitalize on the community's opinion and inspiration. This data can be drawn on in future projects, helping staff develop an engaged and informed community, ready to take part in future public participation projects.
A Reduction in Cost Traditional forms of engagement can be expensive, particularly newspaper ads and radio (it’s also hard to track how many people are reached and informed through these methods of communication). Many online methods of engagement are free. Those platforms that do cost a fee are well worth it for the tools the platform offers and the data it is able to track, indicating which tactics are effective and which ones are not.

 

* We recognize the accessibility needs of our residents. If you, or someone you know, has accessibility needs or limited internet access and cannot participate in the engagement process(s) online, please contact the Town at 613-776-1122 to arrange for an alternative method to participate in public engagement and to receive communications from the Town. *

If you have any questions regarding the 'Let's Talks Greater Napanee' platform, please contact Annie Manion at 343-302-5881.

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