This week marks the start of The City of Castlegar’s Integrated Community Sustainability Planning process – at least the public side of it. Last night, a presentation by the Fraser Basin Council on Sustainability Processes foir Communities drew out out about 30 residents and councillors with some excellent discussion about the end aim of going through such a process for a community.
Today is the first time that Focus Groups will meet, to guide the process of creating the Sustainability Plan, which ultimately will become the Official Community Plan for Castlegar. Following this meeting will be a public open house session where everyone is welcome.
“To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making. Otto von Bismarck
The OCP is a law, and it is, (rightly so), one of the most public processed documents that a Municipality will create, however, watching this process unfold has the potential to be an inspiring community driven effort, or like watching sausage. The more quality input the City and focus groups have to work with, the better the end product.
Simply put, rather than complain about the direction the City is headed, or equally, believing that the City is doing just fine as it is, get invovled and find out what the rest of the community thinks, this process has great potential.