Last chance for OCP input in Agassiz

Deadline to discuss planning document is on Jan. 17

Tomorrow is the last day to submit comment to the District of Kent regarding the Draft Official Community Plan.

There have been more than 10 public discussions over the last several months, as the District has been working toward their new OCP. The document helps guide for city planning, and requires regular review by staff, council and the community at large.

Urban Systems, who was helping Kent moderate the OCP discussions, said that most OCPs are looked at every five to 10 years, to properly reflect the changing needs of communities. In Kent, the review and update will aim to look about 27 years into the future, planning into the year 2040.

Some of the ideas they are looking for are summed up in the following questions:

– How do you see our community growing and developing?

– Are we a bedroom community or a complete town on our own?

– How do we create a balanced economy with agricultural, forestry, tourism, industry and business while making room for growing families?

The District website (www.district.kent.bc.ca) has a link to PlaceSpeak, where there are several documents to read, including feedback from public events to date, and the draft OCP itself.

There are many ways to join in the discussion, even at this late hour, Mayor John Van Laerhoven told the Observer.

Comments can be made to Darcey Kohuch at the District by phone (604-796-2235), fax or email at dkohuch@district.kent.bc.ca. They can also be submitted via the District website. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 17.

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