Community Engagement Plan amendments adopted

At a meeting on 10 May 2023 the housekeeping amendments to the Community Engagement Plan were adopted.

View the Business Paper (Item 1) - 10 May 2023


Council’s Community Engagement Plan supports our Community Engagement Policy and provides a guide for staff and consultants in the deliverance of best-practice community and stakeholder engagement with high-quality outcomes. It incorporates Council’s Community Participation Plan (CPP), which prescribes consultation requirements and processes for planning matters.

On 14 July 2021, Council adopted its Community Engagement Policy and Community Engagement Plan (incorporating the Community Participation Plan).

The Council resolution at that meeting included an amendment (recommendation 5) to refer the documents to the new Council for consideration of further inclusions. An overview of the Community Engagement Policy and Plan was provided to the newly elected Council at an informal workshop on 16 February 2022.

The Community Engagement Plan has now been reviewed in response to the amendment noted above and additionally, to address new requirements set out in the Integrated Planning & Reporting (IP&R) Guidelines released in September 2021.

The housekeeping amendments to the Community Engagement Plan include the addition of:

  • minimum mandatory exhibition periods for the IP&R suite of reports
  • minimum and recommended exhibition periods for Council documents including major projects, strategies and plans
  • a list of key stakeholder groups within the Hornsby Shire community
  • minor text edits.

The recommended length of a community engagement period is 28 days but may vary depending on the nature of the project, funding agreements or statutory requirements. Also, we may extend exhibition periods when they cross over school and public holidays. The days between 20 December and 10 January are not included in minimum exhibition periods.

For more detail, view the Business Paper (Item 2) - 14 December 2022

Have your say - closed

Take a look at the housekeeping amendments to the Community Engagement Plan and make a submission by:

  • completing the form below
  • emailing
  • writing to the General Manager, Hornsby Shire Council, PO Box 37, Hornsby 1630.

Exhibition closes: Thursday, 16 March 2023.