Downtown plan drafted, public review May 24

Ponoka's downtown revitalization draft plan is complete and feedback can be presented at an open house

Craig Teal

Craig Teal

The initial draft of Ponoka’s downtown action plan will soon be before the public.

A public open house where the full draft plan for the revitalization of the downtown will be available for viewing has been set for May 24 at the Kinsmen Community Centre.

“It’s exciting to see the downtown action plan taking shape. The public continues to be an important part of the process,” said Greg Braat, chair of the heritage and downtown revitalization committee that is also the steering committee for the plan.

It will run from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and work on a drop-in basis, meaning the public can come by whenever they can during those times to view the information and displays. Included at the open house will be concept drawing of the proposed improvements, a video to show what downtown could look like and information on a proposed downtown marketing strategy, land use amendments and an updated vision of downtown.

“We heard from more than 150 people who attended the March open houses or filled out the online survey to share their vision and ideas of what a revitalized Downtown Ponoka should look like,” Braat explained.

He added that feedback on the draft plan is important and everyone that shows up will be encouraged to provide their views and comment.

All of the feedback will be used in reviewing the draft, which will be followed by a public hearing on proposed land use bylaw changes later this year.

The process started in November with a goal of a clear vision to guide the future of downtown and hopefully attract new investment and businesses. The draft plan was devised after public input was received through a survey and two open houses.

To learn more about the open house and get a sneak peek at the plan, check out the town’s booth at the trade fair or visit www.downtownponoka.ca.