Public Comments and Resident Feedback

The place where any person, groups, organizations with a legitimate interest can make a public comments or submit feedback on specific plans, programs, or proposed rules


Public comments are important in democracies.

Public comments are an important part of government processes. They offer the opportunity for all people, not just lawmakers, to participate in the drafting and refining of initiatives, plans, and laws. It's a way for the people to participate in government processes beyond voting.

Comments may provide new and fresh position not yet considered, or give more insight on the impact of a proposal. Comments can also help  improve rules and programs.

Open for Public Comments

How to Submit Public Comments

Who Can Make a Public Comment?

Any person, groups, organizations — including non-profit organizations or other local agencies with a legitimate interest can make a public comment.

What Documents Are Open for Public Comment?

These include advanced notices of proposed plans, rules, or petitions for rule-making, and comments invited with the intent to add, edit, or alter a proposal, plan, or rule.

How A Public Comment Works

There is typically a xx-day period immediately following publication for public commenting

This is followed by a xx-day reply period, during which responses to comments are made. Public comments can be made during this time but responses are not required.

The final plan or rule document includes responses to the public comments submitted.

How to Make A Public Comment

Resident can submit comments in person at in person events or digitally. For digital submissions, directions are included in the webpage, typically above the submission form.

Tips For Leaving a Comment

Be familiar with the materials you are planning to comment on, and the issue.

When called for, establish your expertise in the area you are commenting on, and support your comment with research, data, or empirical information.

Be as clear as possible:

  • Define your objectives
  • Use clear organization and formatting, and precise language
  • Present an argument, supported with data if needed, and show how this is related to the document you’re discussing
  • Pay special attention to any requests for data or information, or questions, within the document.
  • Cite or include sources, if you refer to outside material in your comment.

Sample comments



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