City wants input into future of downtown

  • Oct. 21, 2015 6:00 a.m.

The City of Courtenay is asking for your ideas as they develop a vision for the future of the downtown core.

Two separate events on Tuesday, Oct. 27 are planned to gather public input as part of a downtown revitalization planning process.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., drop in to a feedback session in the Courtenay City Hall Council Chambers, open to both the general public and businesses.

Later that same day, attend a Community Discovery Workshop in the Native Sons Hall lower level. Doors open at 6 p.m. for registration, with a public presentation at 6:30 p.m., “Next Generation Small Great Downtown.”

The presentation will be followed by public round tables from 7-9 p.m. During the open house, downtown merchants, city council, staff, and members of the general public will work together on developing ideas that support a vibrant downtown.

Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula said the sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss downtown Courtenay’s strengths and challenges.

“This is going to be a broad exercise that gives people a chance to say what we want our downtown to be, and come up with ideas on how we get there,” said Jangula. “We know how important our downtown is to the community. This session will help us gather feedback from a variety of perspectives so we can begin developing a clear plan and direction for its future.”

Downtown revitalization is one of Courtenay City Council’s top strategic priorities.

The session will be led by Michael Von Hausen of MVH Urban Planning and Design.

Von Hausen has extensive experience in facilitation, downtown planning, and urban design, and is an adjunct professor at the SFU City Program.

His recent award-winning downtown plans include City of Penticton and City of Leduc.

For more information on the session, please contact the Development Services Department at 250-334-4441 or email planning@courtenay.ca