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Oro Valley receives national award for citizen participation

Your Voice Our Future logo with Planning Oro Valley Together text

On September 4, the Town of Oro Valley received the 2014 Silver Circle Award in Citizen Participation from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), for the Your Voice, Our Future Public Participation Plan.

September 11, 2014

The 3CMA awards competition “recognizes outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships. The winning entries have created best practices…and have served as the benchmark for all local government communication efforts.”

Background
In accordance with state statute, the Town of Oro Valley needed to update its General Plan, which will guide and inform critical decisions about the Town’s future. It was critical that the early stages of public participation be inclusive and community-driven, so the Town’s award-winning, Council-adopted Public Participation Plan—Your Voice, Our Future—was developed and implemented with great success. Click here to view the plan.

Summary of outreach efforts
• 60 community events
• 1,964 online visitors
• 2,606 Post-it note comments
• 282 online comments at YourVoiceOV.com
• 886 comments from youth (ages 14-18)
• 577 surveys completed
• 116 ideas posted online
• 18 appearances in print media and five press releases

Next steps
The result of the Your Voice, Our Future Public Participation Plan was the Council-approved Vision and Guiding Principles, which will serve as a framework for the rest of the process, resulting in the updated General Plan, which will go to voters in November 2016.

Public participation is still welcome. Visit www.YourVoiceOV.com to track the General Plan Update progress and join the community conversation on the latest versions of the work being done by citizen committees.

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