Public Comment Template

Here is a sample public comment template that you can use to speak during city council meetings, general plan updates, or housing element updates. Simply make a copy of this document and add your own information. Remember: speak from your heart and use examples from your life.

You usually will have 2 or 3 minutes to provide your comment (they will let you know in advance the exact amount of time you are allotted). Every city has different ways of calling in, make sure you look up how to call in (via zoom, phone line, or otherwise) to provide your comment, this information should be provided on the agenda.

Here is more advice to help you further develop your message: Crafting Your Comment


Thank you for allowing me to speak. My name is [name]. I am from [city/neighborhood].

I would like to draw your attention to the issue of:

[This is where you share the main issue you would like to talk about. Perhaps it’s including or prioritizing environmental justice policies or incorporating more green infrastructure policies.]

In my community,

[This is where you can tell your story. How does this issue affect you.]

This effectively means that:

  • Fact 1
  • Fact 2
  • Fact 3

The consequences of not fixing this problem include:

[This is where you can go into more detail about what is at stake if this issue is not included in the General Plan.]

I am here today to ask you to do the right thing and [insert ask here].

Thank you for your time and consideration of my request.