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Armstrong invites residents to discuss new OCP

Open houses set for city hall on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22
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Armstrong City Hall will host pair of open houses to hear from the public about what they would like to see in a new official community plan. (File photo)

The City of Armstrong wants to see and/or hear from its residents about PLANarmSTRONG, a look to the city’s future.

The city’s Official Community Plan (OCP) In A Week sessions begin Monday, Nov. 20, with the city hosting various OCP engagement opportunities aiming to capture the diverse voices and visions within the community.

These include a visioning survey, two dates for open houses, key community partner workshops, engagement in the schools, and pop-up events throughout the community.

The first event is an open house kickoff Monday, Nov. 20, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at city hall – same information as first open house with speeches at the beginning and light refreshments.

“This will be the first chance for the public to attend a session and will be a great opportunity to tell us what is important to you,” said Armstrong Mayor Joe Cramer. “The Official Community Plan provides guidance for council for shaping Armstrong’s future, and decisions that impact land use and development. It’s very important to hear what the community values and what everyone wants for the future.”

Engagement events will carry throughout the week and will include:

• Key community partner sessions: By invitation on Nov. 21 and 22:

• Second open house: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 5-7 p.m., at city hall;

• Pop-Up sessions: Nov. 21 and 22, various locations across the community;

• Community Visioning Survey: Open until Dec. 1;

• Engagement in Schools: Collecting valuable insights from students about their values and wants for the future.

For more information visit cityofarmstrong.bc.ca/plan-armstrong.

PLANarmSTRONG is an opportunity to chart a new course for Armstrong, addressing important priorities like housing, environmental sustainability, economic development, and more.

An OCP is a long-term planning document and bylaw that outlines the vision, goals, policies, and strategies for the future growth and development of a community. An OCP guides city decision-making, policies, and investments in areas such as land use, infrastructure, transportation, housing, environment, arts and culture, parks, and economic development.

The city’s current OCP was last updated in 2014.

The PLANarmSTRONG project focuses on the overall long-term vision for Armstrong and differs from the CARI project which is concentrated on the renewal of the streetscape of Armstrong’s main commercial corridor.

The two projects overlap and will be sharing information.

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