Citizen Participation letter to Kitsap County Planning Commission

The question for this Commission is how do we as a Commission partner with our citizenry? As a person with a long history of public participation, I can testify and I have, this is not the attitude promoted in our current citizen appeasement program. Partnership means that the people considering plans and ordinances have to do morethan just summarize comments made or provided. The recommendations made bythe public has to matter to the degree that there is evidence that plans andordinances were actually changed or amended based on changes the public said arenecessary. Failure to do so minimizes citizen involvement and does not encourage it.

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