What is a DAB?
The District Advisory Boards (DABs) have marked an era in citizen participation for the City of Wichita. Each eleven-member board is appointed by the City Council and work directly with the City Council Member in the district to provide citizen input and hear resident concerns at the monthly meetings.
The DABs provide feedback and input on City policies, programs and projects. DABs assist with issues ranging from large items, such as the City operating budget, to specific zoning cases impacting a neighborhood.
DABs meet in the evenings to provide easy access to local government for citizens. In addition, DABs develop goals and special projects to directly serve the citizens in the district.
- Review and advise the District Council Member on capital improvements, planning, etc.
- Review and make recommendations on local traffic concerns.
- Serve as an informational exchange and make recommendations to the District Council Member on zoning and land use matters.
- Establish an effective method to disseminate and communicate information of interest to residents of the District.
- Advise the District Council Member on appointments to City advisory boards and commissions.
- Work closely with neighborhood organizations, homeowner associations and community-based groups to facilitate citizen actions and involvement with neighborhoods and the community.
- Serve as a vehicle for citizen involvement, education and input; and a forum for citizens to provide comments and direction to address issues of concern for the District and community.
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