Views are being sought on whether new parish or town councils should be created in Tendring - or whether any should be abolished.
Tendring District Council (TDC) is considering the whole issue of local democracy and is looking for feedback.
It is going to decide whether or not to carry out a Community Governance Review at parish level across the whole District.
TDC Leader Neil Stock said that the initiative follows on from a recent electoral review which recommended new District wards.
“Now we are considering the next tier down and at this point we just want to discover people’s initial thoughts on the subject,” he said.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that no decision on the matter of staging a review has yet been taken.”
Cllr Stock added that district councils – along with unitary county councils and London boroughs – have had the responsibility of carrying out this work since 2008.
The guidance recommends that the reviews are undertaken every ten to 15 years.
“Community Governance Reviews relate to matters such as the creation or abolition of parishes and their electoral arrangements,” he said.
“We are already aware that some councils have asked for their number of seats to be looked at and we want to extend our considerations further.
“We will not be looking at changing any of the existing parish boundaries as the new district ward boundaries have been recommended to fit in with these.
“However, this does not stop us from the warding or division of existing parish councils if the outer boundary remains the same.”
It will then be down to TDC to make a decision on whether the review is carried out in some, all or none of the District.
TDC would welcome residents’ views on unparished areas such as Clacton, as well as areas that already have their own town or parish council.
Feedback should be returned by October 27 to Karen Neath. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01255 686520.