The City of Castlegar says it has heard from over 900 people to date as it works to update its official community plan.
The document, intended to guide the city’s growth over the next 10 years, is in the initial phases of being revised.
Planning manager Meeri Durand says they have had about 500 workbooks returned to so far. They were mailed to households and made available online.
They have also met with about 400 people in-person at various events, including the farmers market, Chamber of Commerce Business After Business, workshops for youth at Stanley Humphries Secondary and for seniors through the Increasing Recreation Involving Seniors Program, and pop-ups at the food bank.
“We are receiving great feedback,” Durand said, noting that it will be compiled into a report to be produced in June.
“Some of the key takeaways include the need for more housing options, enhanced public transportation and connectivity throughout the community, protection of green space, climate action, and diverse amenities for all residents.”
Durand said while they were hoping to top the average participation of five per cent, which they have already met with the number of workbooks submitted, they didn’t have a specific goal for number of community members they would like to reach, although they did target specific groups.
Copies of the workbook are still available online at castlegar.ca/2033plan and at city hall. Feedback received by May 31 will be included in the report. Community group that would like to a focused discussion, can contact the project team at [email protected] to schedule a session.