Initial Workshops - What We Heard

The initial round of workshops for the Plan Your County were held during the week of April 24 with events in Bezanson, Valhalla, and La Glace. Thank you to everyone who was able to come out!

What we heard

We had many good conversations and received a lot of feedback. Some of the initial themes that we have heard are:

  • The value of preserving agricultural land
  • The importance of food security
  • Wanting an opportunity to purchase locally produced food

Other comments we heard at the sessions were about improving sewage capacity, the development of housing, and the need for new residential lots while keeping the community small.

On April 27, we also had our first student event at Teepee Creek School, which was a fun interactive experience. Students were asked to be Planners for a day and they worked on creating their own communities. 40 students participated creating eight community designs, which were displayed at the public meeting that evening.

Upcoming opportunities

The Plan Your County team will be in Bezanson, Hythe, Valhalla, and Whispering Ridge for a series of drop in Community Workshops to talk about the review of the Municipal Development Plan – the County’s high-level vision to guide growth. Here’s the schedule:

  • May 11, 5-7 PM: Bezanson at the Bezanson School
  • May 18, 5-7 PM: Hythe at the at Hythe Regional School
  • May 25, 5-7 PM: Valhalla at the Valhalla Community School
  • June 8, 5 – 6 PM: Clairmont at the Whispering Ridge Community School

Please note, additional events may be added as required.

What do we do with this feedback?

Our team will take all of what we’ve heard at these events and what we continue to hear and apply them to the development of the Hamlet Resiliency Strategy and the review of the Municipal Development Plan. Understanding what residents value is an important part of knowing how and where we should grow and develop as a County.

Don’t forget the survey!

The first Hamlet Resiliency Strategy survey will run until May 14. Recommendations from the strategy will be used in the Municipal Development Plan review to ensure that the needs of our hamlets are reflected in the broader vision for the County. Residents are invited to complete a short survey on what you love and would like to see within the strategy’s nine hamlets. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

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