Land Bank Report on Community Discussion

Posted October 26, 2021 at 5:49 am by

This sto­ry Sub­mit­ted by Kaj Litch…

Kaj Litch — Con­tributed photo

The final report of pub­lic feed­back to the San Juan Coun­ty Land Bank using an inno­v­a­tive method to gar­ner pub­lic opin­ion has just been released.
 
Using the dig­i­tal tool Pol.is through­out July 2021, more than 400 com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers put forth and addressed issues of local impor­tance regard­ing the local Land Bank, bring­ing direct com­mu­ni­ty input to the process­es they fund.
 
Spe­cif­ic issues with regard to the Land Bank were addressed as well as gen­er­al ques­tions that were raised about where con­ser­va­tion efforts should be focused and how pol­i­cy should be formed to best serve the com­mu­ni­ty and envi­ron­ment. The report address­es the opin­ion data gath­ered on Land Bank gov­er­nance, land man­age­ment, and acqui­si­tions and dis­cuss­es areas of com­mu­ni­ty con­sen­sus around orga­ni­za­tion­al trans­paren­cy and com­mu­ni­ty respon­sive­ness, preser­va­tion and pub­lic access, and prop­er­ty man­age­ment. These areas of strong con­sen­sus fit direct­ly into the Land Bank’s next step to improve the orga­ni­za­tion, its con­ser­va­tion pro­grams, and its part­ner­ships with our island community.
 
Kaj Litch, of the Com­pu­ta­tion­al Democ­ra­cy Project, says, “The enthu­si­as­tic par­tic­i­pa­tion of the island com­mu­ni­ty reflects the local impor­tance, con­tin­ued impact, and result­ing account­abil­i­ty of the Land Bank to the peo­ple of San Juan Coun­ty. Through this engage­ment, the pub­lic has spo­ken, and the Land Bank is lis­ten­ing. This is par­tic­i­pa­to­ry democ­ra­cy in our community.”
 
The pub­lic is wel­come and encour­aged to attend Land Bank Com­mis­sion meet­ings on the third Fri­day of each month. Access the full report is at sjclandbank.org/pol-is-community-discussion/. If you have any ques­tions, please email Kaj Litch at kajlitch@gmail.com.

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