Ponoka aims to revitalize downtown

Residents have until the end of the week to contribute their ideas in online survey.

Ponoka residents have a few more days to provide their thoughts on downtown improvements.

An online survey will be open until the end of Friday in which residents can say what they like and don’t like about their community’s core. It is available at www.DowntownPonoka.ca

A pair of open houses were held earlier this month to gather community feedback, which will be compiled with survey results. About 90 people turned out for the open houses.

Input will be used to create a draft Downtown Action Plan. It will come back for further public review at an open house to take place sometime in the spring.

The action plan will include drawings and cost estimates of proposed streetscape improvements, a parking strategy, proposed land use bylaw changes to promote revitalization and development, and a marketing strategy.

“Our goal is create a vibrant community hub that meets the community’s needs and will be a catalyst for future economic growth, attracting more businesses and citizens to the downtown area,” says Greg Braat, chairman of the Heritage and Downtown Revitalization Committee, which is leading the Downtown Action Plan project.

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