This is the final week of the City of Lacombe’s awareness campaign regarding the revision of its Municipal Development Plan (MDP).
In the New Year the City will move onto the next step of the revision process by starting a more formal consultation process with the community.
Lyla Peter, manager of development and planning for the City of Lacombe, said while the City understands they have been asking for quite a lot of feedback lately, getting input from the community when updating plans is still an important step.
“We are very aware that the community may be having ‘consultation fatigue’.”
Peter went on to say that, since the City has updated so many different plans recently, they will also be using some of the feedback gained in the consultation of other plans, like the Municipal Sustainability Plan (MSP) and Solid Waste Roadmap when revising the MDP. In the meantime, the City is still hoping to brainstorm with the public and start a conversation before the consultations take place.
To that effect, the City is doing a scavenger hunt along with its awareness campaign. For the last eight weeks, the City has been running a series of informative adds about the MDP covering a different aspect of the plan each week.
Last week’s add featured the final clue for the scavenger hunt, but if you missed them don’t worry, they can be found at the Growing Lacombe Facebook page or on the City’s web site.
Peter said it’s a fun way to explore the community but it also serves to get people thinking about topics that will be discussed when revising the MDP. “We’re trying to have questions that get people out across the community,” said Peter. Some examples include bringing in a receipt from a local business or counting how many lights there are along Hwy. 2A.
Once all the submissions for the scavenger hunt are received, they will be put into a draw for the grand prize winner. The prize for the Scavenger Hunt is a one-year family swim pass to the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre.
The deadline for entries to the scavenger hunt is Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. The winner should be announced in the Dec. 19 edition of the Express.
For more information, find Growing Lacombe on Facebook or visit the City’s web site at www.lacombe.ca.
Residents can share their thoughts on the MDP via email, phone, visiting the Facebook page and/or visiting the web site. Or, send a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org and let the community know your thoughts as well.