Whether or not residents in Chilliwack are paying attention to the city's Official Community Plan (OCP) update is the subject of some uncertainty.
The second phase of engagement into the OCP update is now over and while more than 2,500 computer users have viewed the website dedicated to the plan, less than 100 people have commented online and even fewer showed up at live public events.
Manager of long range planning Karen Stanton who is heading up the OCP review gave city council an update on the status of the process at council's Sept. 24 meeting.
Stanton talked about the feedback received via surveys, the PlaceSpeak website, a Yarrow "vision workshop" and two community "cafe" evenings.
"We haven't had a really high turnout," Stanton said of the public forums, when asked if more were planned in the fall.
She said surveys seem to be a more popular way for people to provide feedback into the OCP update, which is a vision statement looking at development and growth scenarios to the year 2040.
Coun. Jason Lum suggested more needed to be done to get information out and receive feedback on "what will ultimately be the overarching piece of policy for the next 30 years."
Mayor Sharon Gaetz was more optimistic, pointing to the number of "unique views" on the OCP update page at www.placespeak.com.
She said she thought the interaction was pretty good "when you look at our population and think 2,637 took a look, when some really are not familiar with computers and don't trust that whole process."
There have been, however, just 87 comments since the site was set up nearly a year ago.
More live public forums may be held in the fall, but Stanton said no dates have been set yet.
Gaetz said the public should be reminded that feedback is still sought and people can still tell the city about their priorities.
"The bus hasn't left the stop yet," she said. "You can still go back and comment."
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