Significance & Engagement Policy
The Significance and Engagement Policy (SEP) is a legal requirement
and identifies key issues that could be regarded as being
significant such as:
• changes to a strategic asset
• changes in levels of service
• financial impacts
• the level of community interest
• changes to groups of activities or partnership agreements.
The level of significance will determine the level of engagement on
Council issues. In the policy, the level of significance is
considered on a continuum from low to high, triggering different
levels of engagement with affected parties or the public generally.
The degree of change, and significance of this, could trigger
consultation or engagement options ranging from the provision of
information, such as a public notice or a media release, through to
using the special consultative procedure which involves calling for
submissions and formal hearing of those submissions.
There are some issues that the Council is required by law to consult
on formally, such as changes to Bylaws, Parks and Reserves
Management Plans, the District Plan and the Long Term Plan and any
subsequent changes. We will continue to consult on these issues as
The Policy determines the extent of consultation and engagement on
The Policy was adopted at the Council meeting held on Wednesday 29th
October 2014 and consulted on during February 2015.
and Community Engagement Policy 218kb .pdf
23 March 2015