Community engagement and communication are important values to the City. Due to the pandemic, it has been difficult to find new ways to reach residents and businesses.
Prior to the public health orders prohibiting gatherings, City staff were working to host a course of public meetings to solicit input on a variety of projects. COVID-19 caused us to have to regather, pivot and offer a new approach to pursue public engagement.
Via a new platform attached to the City’s homepage, Coronado has launched Comment Coronado, a community engagement space that allows residents to get information on current projects and share their ideas. The site offers a variety of ways to connect through surveys and interactive maps, and through discussion forums and spaces to post ideas.
The City heard about engagement platforms and conducted research on a number of companies. Staff found the Bang the Table online engagement space had much to offer and so the City launched Comment Coronado via its platform.
Residents can visit commentcoronado.org to hear about and engage on topics that matter to them and receive updates on new projects. The site was launched with three featured projects -- Climate Action Plan, Housing Element Update and Cays Park Rehabilitation Master Plan and has been expanded to also include – Sea Level Rise Planning, 2021 Coronado Community Read and Leaf Blower Ban. Future projects will include programs from other departments, including Recreation and more projects from the Coronado Public Library.
To participate for the first time, users need to register. While registration is not required to access Comment Coronado, it is necessary for many of the more interactive engagement opportunities. We ask you to register to the website for a few reasons. First, it helps ensure that a broader set of perspectives have an opportunity to be represented by attributing feedback and frequency of feedback to individuals. Second, it promotes accountability and encourages people to provide more thoughtful responses because feedback can be attributed to them. Finally, it also means that we can let you know any news if something major changes about the project.
Whether residents have five minutes or lots of time to share, this platform is a convenient way to learn about what is happening in City government and to contribute to the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the City of Coronado launching this initiative online?
Traditional public engagement or community involvement usually involves attending a public meeting or providing written submissions to council, and this can often be time consuming and inconvenient, and sometimes intimidating. However, Comment Coronado gives you the opportunity to get the information you need and when appropriate have your say on issues that are important to you, at a time and place of your choice.
• It is a quick, safe and convenient way to have your say on a range of issues and topics.
• It is a great way to keep up to date and contribute your views on issues affecting your community.
• You can see what other community members think about an issue or topic, respond with your own views and engage in a discussion.
• You do not have to attend community meetings at a set place and time, you can contribute at a time and place that suits you.
• It allows for a range of different people, with different views to discuss matters that may impact their community.
How do I submit my feedback?
Each project on Comment Coronado is a little unique depending upon the engagement level required for that project. Visit the project page that you are interested in and read about the project. We might ask for you to submit your feedback via the online discussion forums, quick polls, forms and surveys for each of the projects currently open for consultation.
To participate for the first time, simply:
• Sign up for Comment Coronado by clicking on the “Sign In” button or the “Register” button in the top right of any page
• Choose a username and password
• Complete a few quick questions about you
• You will receive an email to validate your email address
• Return to the website and click the “Sign In” button
Why do I need to register to this site to make a comment?
While registration is not required to access Comment Coronado, it is necessary for many of the more interactive engagement opportunities. We ask you to register to the website for a few reasons.
• It helps ensure that a broader set of perspectives have an opportunity to be represented by attributing feedback and frequency of feedback to individuals.
• It promotes accountability and encourages people to provide more thoughtful responses because feedback can be attributed to them.
• It also means that we can let you know any news if something major changes about the consultation.
Can I use this site anonymously?
Yes, you can use this website anonymously. Even when you register and post comments, your anonymity is protected because you are identified by your chosen screen name.
What happens to my feedback/comments?
All comments, ideas and suggestions are collated and used by the relevant project teams to inform the development of strategies, programs and activities, or to gain an insight into community views and opinions.
Often, feedback provided online is used in conjunction with other face-to-face consultation activities such as meetings, open houses or surveys.
When each consultation closes, all contributions are compiled into a report, which will be presented to council when considering the particular matter.
All feedback provided during consultation will be considered; however, this does not mean that every suggestion will affect the project or be adopted as proposed.
Note: All comments you make through this website will become public records for anyone to read.
Is my privacy protected?
Yes! Your privacy is absolutely protected, and the City will only use your email to contact you with updates and to invite you to participate in consultations.
Who can I contact about Comment Coronado?
Comment Coronado is coordinated by City of Coronado’s Community Development and City Manager’s Office.
If you have any questions about content, or council’s consultation and engagement process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question regarding a specific project currently open for consultation, please contact the relevant project manager. Their contact details can be found in the “Who’s listening” section for each project.