(1) Public participation is encouraged and assisted to the fullest extent practicable. Participation must be consistent with other requirements of state law and the rights and requirements of personal privacy. The major objectives of such participation include:
(a) greater responsiveness of governmental actions to public concerns and priorities; and
(b) improved public understanding of official programs and actions.
(2) Prior to the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a rule or policy or the granting or denying of certain licenses, the department shall, where the decision is of significant public interest, give adequate notice and opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.