The new Austin City Council is seeking feedback on an extensive restructuring of its decision-making process. The proposed plan aims to improve customer service and engagement for residents participating in City government decisions.
In the past, long public hearings have caused Council meetings to carry on very late at night, and sometimes into the early morning hours. The inconvenient hours make it difficult for residents to attend and voice their opinions on major City decisions.
The restructuring would emphasize the use of Council committees to hold these public hearings before items reach the full City Council.
The proposed changes include:
- An altered approach to adding items to Council meeting agendas
- A list of possible Council standing committees which could review proposed local laws and resolutions before they’re considered by City Council.
- Better planning and management of the Council agenda to avoid late-night meetings
- Easier and more complete access to Council committee and commission records.
- A longer-term investigation into best practices for public engagement.
Join the discussion! Learn more about the proposed changes:
Here are Spanish versions of these documents:
- Propuesta para Reuniones del Consejo y de Comités BORRADOR - 1/16/2015
- Como se Incluye un Asunto o Tema en la Reunión del Consejo de la Ciudad
- Lista de Posibles Comités Permanentes del Consejo
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