City of St. John’s adopts new committee structure

> PUBLISHED April 22, 2016

Following a review of its committee structures in 2014-15, the new advisory committees for the City of St. John’s are now in full swing. The review aimed to address issues in the former committee structure around governance, operations, and mandates. Where in the past some committees were not formally included in the decision-making process at City Hall, the new structure delineates when committees should be consulted for advice on given matters. The new structure clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the members of advisory committees including staff, public members, and Council representatives. It is hoped that the changes in structure will provide a more effective consultation between city staff, its councillors, and the public. The six committees in the new framework, now chaired by members of the public, include groups focused on: accessibility and inclusion; arts and culture; downtown development; tourism and public engagement; the environment; youth issues and perspectives; and seniors issues and perspectives. There are also two expert panels in the areas of built heritage and animal care and control.

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