The Planning Act affords the public a significant role in the decision making process. For the proponent this role needs to be approached in a positive manner. Early and effective public consultation is one of the critical components to an effective planning assignment. Clark Consulting Services specializes in designing public consultations. We often suggest informal workshops and open house sessions to solicit public comment as part of the design process. These sessions are intended to be educational as well as collaborative in the evaluation and advancement of overall planning strategies.