Panorama introduced to new OCP process
Over 70 people participated in the introductory open house for the Panorama Official Community Plan (OCP) process last Saturday (March 23).
“The main purpose of the event was to explain what an OCP is and what this planning process involves, while being able to meet directly with residents and open those lines of communication,” explained Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of community involvement, so I was pleased to see so many people in attendance.”
In addition to the general overview, the RDEK’s lead planner on the project, Karen MacLeod, explained how the RDEK will work with Panorama Mountain Resort throughout the process and discussed the future development potential of the community.
“Having residents understand what the possibilities are and then share their ideas and vision for the future of their community is a key component in developing the draft plan,” said MacLeod.
The open house was the first step in what will be a 12-month process and the RDEK will be providing information and engagement opportunities both in-person at events such as Saturday’s Open House and online through a digital engagement platform.
“We recognize many property owners live outside the community and are eager to participate in the process. The RDEK will be using online engagement as an additional tool to ensure everyone feels they can access the information they need and can meaningfully participate in the process regardless of where they may be,” said Clovechok.
Copies of the information and display boards from the open house are posted on the RDEK’s project page.
The next step will be an issues and ideas survey, which the RDEK hopes to have out in the next few weeks.
Lead image: RDEK Electoral Area F Director Susan Clovechok (left at front of room) and RDEK Planner Karen MacLeod (right at front of room) introduce the new Panorama Official Community Plan process at an Open House at Panorama Mountain Resort. RDEK photo