Delta County Coalition [DCC] is a non-partisan association established by a group of residents of unincorporated Delta County who are concerned about the county land use code revision process, land use freedoms, and protecting the rural quality of life and agriculture in Delta County.
The Delta County Coalition is a Civic Partnership Association committed to healthy development within Delta County Colorado that:
- Advocates preservation of citizen land use freedoms.
- Protects rural quality of life and farm/ranch interests.
- Works directly with local government planning officials.
- Educates citizens about current and proposed land use codes within Delta County.
What is a Civic Partnership Association?
BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE THROUGH CIVIC PARTNERSHIP
A Civic Partnership can create a pathway for citizen groups and local authority leaderships to work together to create and build resilient and healthy communities. A Civic Partnership is a framework for developing partnerships between governments, regional and local authorities, civil society organizations and other relevant actors.
Local efforts to build effective civic partnerships need to engage with various complexities and challenges.
Some aspects of the local strategies required to work with this complexity for civic gain include:
- Setting clear goals through defining valued outcomes.
- Working across agency and other boundaries so as to engage whole systems.
- Making local people active partners in co-producing the future.
- Strengthening local resilience to cope with uncertainties.
- Working with multiple stakeholders with various interests.
- Bringing all these processes together to seek cooperative solutions to local challenges.
Civic partnerships work to establish clear goals to guide the action required to meet a complex set of local challenges through outcomes-based policy-making. This concept is a simple idea to encourage civic leaderships, working with their communities and other local stakeholders to ask – and answer – the question ‘what are the key things (the valued outcomes) we are seeking to achieve overall in this locality?’ and then to use this public statement of priorities as the template to guide and evaluate everything which is done e.g. through the enabling role of the local authority, the services it commissions/provides and different kinds of community action.
Local people become active partners in shaping and delivering the actions which affect them and their communities now and into the future. People are experts in their own lives and this expertise needs to be the key contribution. Communities are typically rich in the capabilities of their members, their reciprocity and social networks. These are all important assets in improving local well-being.
Communities joining in Civic Partnership with public agencies to create a better future has come to be described as ‘co-production’. This partnership may be at the level of the individual or involve a particular group or be about challenges facing the whole community.
Each Civic Partnership is unique but always involves shared goals and agreements on how to best achieve those goals. There is no specific framework for creating a Civic Partnership because it is created through processes of building relationship to achieve positive outcomes for challenges faced within a community. Therefore, it is a self-defined partnership based on trust and mutual benefits for all involved in those outcomes.