Our Charter Review Process
The Palm Coast City Council will be reviewing the City Charter in late 2017 and early 2018 is encouraging citizen participation throughout the charter review process. Citizens can participate several ways: 1) emailing their thoughts on the City Charter, 2) attending one of the special charter review workshops throughout the City, 3) attending City Council workshops and business meetings where Council Members will discuss the charter, and 4) voting on charter amendment(s), if any are proposed during the 2018 election cycle. Citizens are also encouraged to review documents and materials that will be posted on this webpage throughout the charter process.
After the four special charter workshops, the City Council will consider whether any changes to the charter should be proposed to the voters of Palm Coast. The facilitator for the charter review will present a summary report to City Council at the Council workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave. The City Council is scheduled to discuss the charter review at that workshop on Nov. 28 and may further discuss the charter and/or take formal action at Council meetings in December, January and February. Council meetings are open to the public, and citizens are encouraged to provide input. City Council meeting agendas are posted at: http://www.palmcoastgov.com/agendas.
Any questions about the process may be directed to the City Clerk's Office at 386-986-3713.
What is a City Charter?
A municipal charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the city government. It is comparable to the Constitution of the United States or a state's constitution. The charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of any city. Charters are granted either directly by a state legislature by way of local legislation, or indirectly under a general municipal corporation law following a referendum vote of the proposal by the affected population. The Palm Coast City Charter was approved by the Florida Legislature.