If you would like to get involved in setting priorities, planning services and allocating federal funding, consider:
Any member of the public wishing to participate in the Planning Council meeting may observe or make a request to provide input during the “Public Testimony” part of the agenda. Public Testimony will take place near the beginning of the meeting or at the discretion of the Chair. Anyone wishing to give public testimony must submit a request to give public testimony to Planning Council Office of support in advance. Public testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes per person or five (5) minutes per individual when representing a group or organization. Planning Council members wishing to give public testimony cannot do so as a representative of the Planning Council.
Submit a request to offer Public Testimony before any Planning Council meeting with the subject line Public testimony. See below also a few tips to prepare you for your speech.
Transportation Assistance for Planning Council Meetings
If you are in need of transportation assistance to participate in Planning Council meetings, please contact Council Support Staff to find out more about how we can help.
Why join the council?
By serving as a member of the Planning Council member, you will get the opportunity to:
All candidates are encouraged to participate in monthly meetings on a regular basis before applying for membership. After at least three meetings, candidates can submit an application to Planning Council Support Staff for consideration. The time commitment is usually ten meetings per year. All Planning Council members are required to participate in at least one committee. We understand that it is occasionally necessary to miss a meeting. We expect that the member will let Planning Council support staff know that they will be unable to attend and to contact the council office or another council member to stay abreast of new decisions or information.
For Planning Council membership, The Office of Support reviews applications and refers potential candidates to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee votes on the applicants and the names are forwarded to the Recipient's Office. The Recipient interviews potential applicants on an on-going basis. The Recipient then makes recommendations to the City of Newark's Office of the Mayor for appointment. Each Planning Council member is appointed for a term of one, two, or three years from their Official Swearing-In Ceremony. In the event that a member does not complete his/her term, another person will be nominated to complete the balance of that term.
For Committee membership, Appointments to a committee will be made by a vote initiated by a Committee Chair during a regularly scheduled committee meeting.