Public still has a chance to be heard about regional growth

As the Regional District of Central Okanagan overhauls its strategy to cope with future population growth, the public has the chance to contribute.

  • Feb. 4, 2011 3:00 p.m.

As the Regional District of Central Okanagan overhauls its strategy to cope with future population growth, the public has the chance to contribute.

Until Feb. 28, people can fill out community workbooks on paper or online at www.futureok.ca. The workbooks gather public contributions on how best to prepare the area for growing numbers of residents in the future.

Regional growth strategy coordinator David Widdis said having such a plan and reviewing it periodically is a legislated requirement. The strategy brings together smaller-scale long-term plans of municipalities and other local governments, to address how the Okanagan can have the resources in place to cope with another 68,000 people.

Widdis said the review is also needed to determine if issues to be addressed are the same as they were 10 years ago in the area.

The influx of future population is mainly expected to be from elsewhere in B.C. and from within Canada. Widdis noted natural population increase is not substantial in the Okanagan, with it being predominantly a retirement area.

Widdis added the review will incorporate some of the best of what was heard during official community plan reviews in Lake Country and Peachland, to prevent the duplication of effort.

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