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My Okotoks Consultation 2012
A big THANK YOU to the residents of Okotoks!
We would like to sincerely thank you for your feedback on the future of our community. We appreciate the varied ways you chose to get involved: taking the time to complete the household survey; attending the consultation workshops and Council meetings; sharing your thoughts online and in one-on-one discussions; through letters to the editor; and/or attending the water and growth speaker series
Water & Growth Decision 2012
The final decision was decided at the Regular Council Meeting on Sep 24. 2012
Long Term Growth Decision for Town of Okotoks (42 KB)
At the September 24, 2012 Regular Meeting of Council, Town Council decided to direct Administration to begin preparing an annexation application to support a continuous growth model for Okotoks.
The finite growth model developed in 1998 estimated a build-out population of 25-30,000 people and Okotoks population is currently 24,962. Public consultation regarding long term growth options has been ongoing since late 2008 and has intensified over the last two years as growth pressures in close proximity to Okotoks boundaries have accelerated both in interest and densification. While public feedback has been mixed, the majority believes that growth is inevitable, solutions need to be found for future water supply, and that our quality of life and community values must be maintained.
Town Council believes that a continuous growth model is best for the community's interests in the long term. Okotoks is a very successful community with a high quality of life and this attracts others who want to be part of this. Okotoks' center is our pristine Sheep River Valley, along with extensive pathway systems, recreation and cultural amenities, quality schools, a wide variety of housing choices and actions that support environmental consciousness. We will build on this success and create a new plan that will provide for several decades of growth that future generations will be proud of and enjoy.
“Okotoks Town Council looks forward to working with Administration and the public to develop our plans for future development in Okotoks. We will remain a leader in sustainability, and manage growth in ways that retain our friendly, caring and safe community,” stated Mayor Bill Robertson.
To learn more or view all the information compiled, visit the 2012 Water & Growth Community Consultation page.