The City of Penticton says they’ve had over 2,200 conversations about the Official Community Plan.
That includes the ExpOCP event held in January, the city’s second phase of engagement in the development of the OCP, which is expected to set the direction for the community for the next 25 years.
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This phase drilled deeper into some of the key topics that surfaced in earlier engagements including the economy, housing, transportation, arts, culture, heritage and the environment. Over 120 pages of comments, from nearly 800 people, were gathered during the multi-day expo held at the project’s temporary storefront on Westminster Avenue.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the expo and the quality of the input we have gathered,” said Ben Johnson, special projects manager. He added they were especially pleased to see the wide age range that attended.
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Staff gathered feedback at the expo through conversations with attendees, hands-on activities, online contributions as well as through the ExpOCP Passport feedback forms. The next step is to compile the feedback and extract the themes in order to draft the key policy areas that will shape the plan.
Anyone interested in reviewing what was provided in the feedback forms can find the unedited comments on the City’s shapeyourcitypenticton.ca site.
“We are getting much more specific at this stage of the process,” said Johnson. “Residents will start to see how their feedback is reflected in the direction of the plan.”
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Staff plan to take the draft policies out to the community this spring.