Feedback gathered during the development of an official community plan (OCP) for the City of Powell River has coalesced around a strong emphasis on sustainable development and economic diversification.
Graham Farstad, of The Arlington Group, presented an overview of the process at the March 21 committee-of-the-whole meeting.
During the first phase, the consultants asked residents to express their vision for Powell River’s future. They held a total of five meetings, a kick-off meeting at the Powell River Recreation Complex and four neighbourhood meetings in Westview, Townsite, Wildwood and Cranberry.
“The focus of those was on visioning and identifying strengths, weaknesses and how we best go forward,” Farstad said.
The neighbourhood sessions identified a strong consensus around the importance of economic diversification and more sustainable development. Tourism, outdoor recreation, arts and culture and environmental protection were all closely linked to sustainability and economic diversification.
Approximately 200 people have participated in the process. Based on the input, the consultants drafted a possible vision statement: “Powell River is a dynamic coastal community with a proud heritage, vibrant arts and culture and a ‘green’ sustainable future. With a diverse local economy and a strong service base, we are a community for all ages. The jewel of the Sunshine Coast, Powell River continues to work cooperatively with our Tla’amin Nation neighbours.”
The consultants have a feedback form on the OCP website, for people to provide their thoughts and comments on the proposed vision statement. A full report on the results of the consultation to date is also available on the website.
The consultants are returning to the neighbourhoods in April and May for more consultation.