Community sessions for the land-use bylaw planners continued Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Town of Ponoka’s planning office.
Patricia Abdulla, director of planning services for the Town of Ponoka and Meghan Jenkins, planner with Parkland Community Planning Services took some time to update participating residents on the progress of these sessions.
Abdulla said the goal at this stage is to find out what matters most to residents. She wants to be able to give a clear picture of residents’ goals when putting the new land-use bylaw together and educate on its process. “(It is) an essential document that structures how the community is built,” she said.
The more the number of responses received, the more confident and meaningful the bylaw will be for the Town of Ponoka, she added.
“It isn’t a theoretical document. It’s a real bylaw that affects people’s lives,” said Abdulla.
Jenkins added that as more information is provided by residents, planners can take those details into account in planning and put together a comprehensive document. “We want to know what are Ponokans’ ideas. What do they want the town to be?”