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Okotoks Community Sustainability Plan: Community Engagement Needed

 

Help us achieve the Community Vision!

The Town of Okotoks is inviting the community to help build our new Community Sustainability Plan. Building on our community visioning process, the Sustainability Plan will guide the Town’s strategies, goals and targets for a sustainable future, helping us move toward the new community vision.

In 2014, the Town undertook a diverse Community Visioning Project that asked our citizens what they valued most and what they wanted our community to look like in 60 years. Through this innovative and comprehensive community consultation process, a renewed long-range Community Vision for Okotoks was created. The Community Vision is to set the direction for Okotoks’ future growth and form the foundation for the development of the Community Sustainability Plan and subsequent community plans.

Community Vision

The Town of Okotoks is resilient, where people, businesses, ideas and sense of community thrive. Grounded by the Sheep River valley and supported by thoughtful planning and design, a strong local economy and a vibrant civic culture, Okotoks offers exceptional quality of life at every stage of life. Respect for each other and the natural environment makes Okotoks home.

Community Engagement Opportunities

The Town will be offering several engagement methods and opportunities for you to get involved.

Two key areas of public inquiry for the development of the Community Sustainability Plan have been identified;

Phase 1: September 2015

The action planning phase will be focused on understanding the assets and opportunities for action.

  • Community Engagement Phase 1: Online Questionnaire:Share your ideas online at a time that is convenient for you.

    The online questionnaire will ask  you to share your knowledge and ideas for each of the 6 Guiding Principles that we have created for the future of Okotoks. We want to know what assets in the community are already moving us in the right direction, and what new actions should be taken.

    The Online Questionnaire will be available between Monday September 14, 2015 through the Wednesday September 30th.

  • Community Engagement Phase 1: Public Ideas Fair:The Town of Okotoks would like to invite you to a Public Ideas Fair as part of our community sustainability planning process.

    Date: Wednesday September 30
    Time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm
    Location: Okotoks Recreation Centre Lobby (99 Okotoks Drive)

    The Public Ideas Fair will be focused on understanding existing assets in our community and new ideas for our future. If you have ideas for how we can work towards our vision for the future, we would love to see you at the Public Ideas Fair!

Phase 2: October – November 2015

The Plan development and completion phase will be focused on reviewing and providing comment of a draft Community Sustainability Plan.

For more information about the Engagement Process or about the Community Sustainability Plan, please contact:

Sustainability Coordinator
Town of Okotoks
Phone: 403.938.8901
Email: sustainability@okotoks.ca

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