Kimberley is updating its Official Community Plant, the high level document that guides development decisions. In a nutshell, the OCP will frame how the community develops for the next 20 years. The OCP was last upgraded in 2005, and the community has changed since then.
In order to update the OCP and keep it in line with what residents want — what their view of Kimberley is — public participation is key to the process.
The City’s planning department is trying to make it as easy as possible to get input by providing a number of different ways you can provide an opinion. Public sessions began on Wednesday this week at the Green Door in the Platzl. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, there will be City representatives at the Green Door to talk about the OCP and what it means for you. There are also evening sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall on Thursday and Friday, and two weekend sessions on Saturday; one at Montana’s Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and one at Timber Hitch Coffee Shop in Marysville from 2 to 5 p.m.
There is also a survey available online at kimberley.ca
The survey will ask you how satisfied you are with quality of life in Kimberley and how often you use various city facilities and amenities, such as arenas, the aquatic centre, the conference centre, Cominco Gardens and more. The survey also wants to know how you feel about any interaction you may have had with City staff and how you rate city services and City Council. If the City were to either improve or cut services or facilities, which would you prefer them to be?
““The Survey is another opportunity to get involved in our OCP update project. Kimberley residents may also choose to meet with us in-person at one of the many ‘OCP in a Week’ events scheduled throughout the community or they might find it more convenient to participate online using our PlaceSpeak engagement tool,” said Troy Pollock, City of Kimberley Planning Services Manager. “We want as many community members as possible to get involved, have their say and influence the outcomes of the project.”
Links to the Community Survey, the ‘OCP in a Week’ schedule and PlaceSpeak are available on the City’s website or contact City Hall with any questions.