Town looks for public feedback on downtown design master plan

April 20, 2017

The Town of Okotoks is asking all members of the community for input in creating a Downtown Urban Design Master Plan, which is intended to shape future development in the heart of the community.

“The master plan will be the foundation for creating a people-centred, welcoming space that reflects the Okotoks’ vision,” said Michael MacIntyre, director of development services.

O2 Planning and Design has been hired to create the plan and will be leading several public engagement opportunities to gather residents’ input in helping to build the concept that will reflect the community’s ideas for this area.

The first public engagement activity is a public design charrette on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Municipal Centre. Residents and business owners are invited to drop in whenever convenient and stay as long or as briefly as they like. A charrette is an interactive design session that uses drawing and other graphic techniques to transform or translate the public’s ideas into a visual expression of the potential future look and feel of the downtown environment.

O2 will also be working with high school students on April 28 to gather their ideas and thoughts about the downtown.
“As our future citizens and business owners, it’s important to include our youth in the public engagement process,” said Colin Gainer, senior planner with the Town. “The feedback we receive from the entire community through the consultation process will help set the vision, principles and goals of the master plan.”

This project will build on recent community visioning work and the Okotoks Community Sustainability Plan (CSP). The community identified the need to animate the downtown as one of the critical steps in the CSP and the Downtown Urban Design Master Plan is one of the key documents required to achieve this critical step.

“Once finalized and approved, the master plan will describe the kinds of buildings, lighting, parks and streetscapes that will reflect the long-term vision for downtown,” said Gainer.

Additional opportunities for the public to participate will include an online survey, and an interactive mapping tool. Click here for more information.