Have a say on City of Salmon Arm plans

If you’d like see what the top 25 projects for Salmon Arm are over the next 15 years and provide your input on them, now is your chance.

  • Oct. 2, 2013 3:00 p.m.

If you’d like see what the top 25 projects for the city are over the next 10 to 15 years and provide your input on them, now is your chance.

The projects have been identified as priorities in the draft of the city’s first comprehensive strategic plan. When finalized, the plan will inform the city’s decision-making and guide actions over the next decade.

A copy of the draft plan is available for viewing from Oct. 2 to Oct. 21 on the city’s website at www.salmonarm.ca/strategic plan or in hard copy at city hall at 500 Second Ave. NE, V1E 4N2. Written comments may be dropped off, mailed to city hall or emailed to cpaiement@salmonarm.ca by 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21.

Carl Bannister, the city’s chief administrative officer, says the 25 projects are aligned with top interests of the community that emerged from survey feedback gathered earlier this year. He said the projects fall within the city’s mandate as core services.

“Then there are projects that the city supports but they may not be core services and the city may not have the ability to fully influence these on its own,” he says.

Bannister cited major Trans-Canada Highway improvements, a downtown college campus and a new community arts centre as examples of projects where other levels of government and organizations would need to provide leadership, with the city supporting these initiatives by fostering partnerships and advocating as required.

He also noted that new insights arising from the planning process will save taxpayers money in the short term. For example, the city determined that its wastewater treatment plant is not as close to capacity as previously anticipated, allowing major upgrades and/or relocation to be deferred, potentially saving millions of dollars.

Council will consider approval of the plan in November.

Salmon Arm Observer