Freshly Picked Future: Town of Creston Official Community Plan Review
Town of Creston Official Community Plan -
Our Official Community Plan 2017 will be presented to Council for consideration of 1st and 2nd Readings on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm in Council Chambers.
Comments and suggestions are gratefully accepted by emailing the Town of Creston at email@example.com. Comments can be received up until May 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm. Comments can also be received at the upcoming OCP Information Meeting to be held on April 19, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Council Chambers (see OCP Events Calendar below).
A Fresh Approach -
The first phase of the Official Community Plan public consultation engaged hundreds of people of all ages in discussing and refining goals for future land use through Kitchen Table Talks and one-on-one interviews at community celebrations and events. Phase two, the OCP Challenge, was a chance to involve citizens in setting direction for actually pursuing those goals.
Creston’s OCP Challenge was an experiment in community planning and in rural placemaking. The process used a mobile app, a website, and paper scavenger hunt maps to get citizens exploring community issues and the community itself. They were directed to locations around Creston where Challenge Stations invited targeted feedback on specific municipal issues.
Challenge Accomplished –
All told, the Town estimates that nearly 1,200 area residents have contributed directly to the OCP Review so far. Participants have been as young as six (some outreach took part in local elementary schools) and older than 100 (outreach also took part in seniors homes). On average, a participant put 101 minutes into the process – a number that speaks to the depth of engagement achieved.
Open House Hosted –
At least 85 people turned out to the Town’s first OCP Open House to review the Draft Plan. The event showcased the draft, as well as the community input that set its direction. Participants had the chance to talk with the Mayor, Councillors, Town staff, Official Community Plan Advisory Committee volunteers, and the KES community engagement team. They were also able to share written feedback and to “red light,” “yellow light,” or green light” proposed policy and action items. The response was overwhelmingly positive and helped to refine this OCP.
Town of Creston is working with Kootenay Employment Services to engage the community in the OCP review. To get involved, contact KES. If you have other inquiries contact the Town.
Project contact: Laura Hannant, KES Project Lead
P: 250.428.5655 ext.425