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Downtown proposals await your review

What sort of downtown do Kelowna residents want?

That’s the question being asked as the city wraps up its public consultation process for its proposed new downtown plan.

With just two days left to fill out the city’s online questionnaire on the plan, city officials hope to increase the number of responses it has received so far.

About 300 people have responded to the survey to date and the city planning staff are hoping for at least 500 responses.

The survey asks respondents to rank the importance of activities and amenities downtown, as well as identify issues that need addressing and rank proposals.

The survey is available, along with detailed information about the plan, on the city’s website at kelowna.ca/mydowntown under What's Happening or on Facebook at facebook.ca/mydowntownkelowna.

At the final downtown plan open house late last week, visitors were asked to identify proposals they liked with proposals such as developing a Kerry Park plaza at the foot of Bernard Avenue, extending Stuart Park and completing the planned Bernard Avenue streetscape plan all receiving positive support. While the amount of information provided was welcomed, some said they would have liked to have seen more estimated costs attached to projects.

“That would have given me a better idea,” said resident Nel Borroughs, who otherwise felt the process was giving the public a say in the city’s future plans.

UPDATE: The city has extended the deadline for the completion of on-line of downtown plan surveys. The new deadline is Sunday, Nov. 13.

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