Town holding public open house on master plans

The Town of Ponoka is holding a public open house on June 19 to discuss its transportation and urban framework master plans.

“The Town is developing these plans to meet Ponoka’s changing needs as the community grows,” stated a release dated June 17.

Residents are encouraged to attend and give their feedback on the proposed plans, which will be presented in detail at the drop-in format open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the main floor of the Ponoka Civic Building.

There will be information displays and comment forms for the public to submit their input. There will also be the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with the project team.

“Gathering public input is an important part of developing these master plans to ensure the proposed plans align with community expectations and balance the interests of our citizens to best serve our community,” said Tim Schmidt, general manager of planning and infrastructure in the release.

The transportation plan assesses current transportation issues and gaps in transportation infrastructure as well as prioritizes what future improvements are needed and propose improvements that will allow opportunities for community members to be more physically active and use other modes of transportation such as walking, cycling, wheelchairs and inline skating.

The master plan will propose roadway and intersection improvements to facilitate safe and efficient traffic flow.

The urban framework master plan is about establishing an integrated planning and design approach for the community as a whole to create a consistent look and feel for the town as Ponoka grows.

Public input received will be reviewed and considered before the master plans are finalized and presented to council for approval.

For those unable to attend, the proposed plans will be posted online on the town’s website from June 19 to July 5.

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