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Have your say on the future of Osoyoos

Have your say on the future of Osoyoos

Osoyoos town hall (File photo)

By Dale Boyd

Osoyoos Times

How will Osoyoos look 10 or 20 years from now?

Whether you predict flying cars or infilling developments, if you have an opinion now is the time to get involved as the Town of Osoyoos is seeking input.

The town is starting the process of creating a new Official Community Plan, looking to guide the town as far as 20 years into the future.

The long-term vision for the community can include housing and density, form and character of developments and locations of parks, green spaces and community facilities. As well, the OCP will address transportation networks, whether that is by bike, car, bus, or any other form of transport.

“The policies in an OCP provide direction to council when making decisions related to land use and sustainability. Including the protection of the environment, supporting community health, enhancing the economy and being fiscally responsible,” said Gina MacKay, director of planning and development services for the Town of Osoyoos.

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Those community members who want to have their input on the guiding document can do so online starting in September when the town releases a survey, also available in hard copy, and workshops will be taking place starting in September as well.

Workshops on the natural environment and our community, health and social issues and the economy will take place at the Sonora Centre on dates to be announced in September and October. Storytelling events with seniors and Elders are also on the schedule with dates to be announced this fall.

Pop-up stands have been appearing at events throughout the summer, but those looking for a more personal, one-on-one discussion, can schedule one with MacKay via email starting in September at: gmackay@osoyoos.ca.

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