Planning for our Future
The purpose of community planning is to help Council continually satisfy the changing needs of its residents. As the community grows and develops, different needs emerge. Proper planning allows Council to ensure that services which may be required in the future can be addressed.
Gaps in services can cause strain on those in the community who are already disadvantaged. Everything that Council does results in some kind of social implication, so through thinking through both positive and negative outcomes of planned activities, Council can avoid adverse results as much as possible.
When Council spots a gap in its service, it can strategise how best to fill that need. Sometimes Council may undertake to provide the service itself, or it may act as a partner or advocate for a group that are better placed to fulfil the need.
Government regulation requires Council to address access and equity issues in its planning, and to support social justice and fairness to ensure that all community members have their rights maintained and have equal access to resources.
The Willoughby City Strategy is the overarching document that drives our community planning. It is supported by Council’s four year Delivery Program and the annual Operational Plan and Budget. These plans indicate how Council intends on achieving the community outcomes articulated in the Willoughby City Strategy. They also indicate how we will measure our performance, allocate necessary resources and determine roles and responsibilities.
Under new requirements of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act), Council developed and adopted the Willoughby Community Participation Plan in November 2019. The plan informs the community about how and when they can participate in council planning functions.
In 2018, Willoughby City Council developed a Community Engagement Strategy to assist future planning activities and the development of Our Future Willoughby 2028. The strategy supports local democratic processes by encouraging community interest in civic issues, promoting social justice and keeping people well informed of local and regional issues.
The Willoughby Community Participation Plan now forms part of Council’s Community Engagement Framework which was endorsed in October 2016 and consists of
The Community Engagement Policy outlines the objectives, principles and scope of the Framework. Council will be reviewing this Framework in the coming months.