civic engagement is crucial to local development

June 28, 2016



Engaged citizens providing public input are a critically important element of development in Oklahoma City. There are multiple ways in which citizens can get involved and provide feedback.


The city of Oklahoma City relies on more than 800 individuals who sit on approximately 150 boards, commissions and committees regarding issues such as historic preservation, downtown and urban design, MAPS 3 projects and more. These bodies provide valuable and necessary input to projects and decisions that can have a lasting impact on the community. The city seeks to continuously fill vacancies that may occur on these boards, offering citizens the opportunity to stay engaged with Oklahoma City’s development and policies. The city’s website provides instruction on how to apply for these vacancies.


Engagement in the development of Oklahoma City occurs on a more localized level as well. Joining your neighborhood association is a great way to stay aware of and involved in projects or developments that may have an impact on your neighborhood. The Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma provides many resources and tools for residents wishing to become more involved in their neighborhood, and for neighborhoods interested in developing or strengthening their neighborhood association.


Attending public meetings is an excellent way to offer input on public projects. Every public meeting offers citizens the opportunity to be heard. Community meetings are held for major projects such as those included in MAPS 3, in order to gather input from the public on these transformative projects. The dates for regularly scheduled public meetings as well as special meetings can be found on the city’s website.


Read the full article here in the June 28th edition of The Journal Record.

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