The City of Rossland is rallying residents for insight into its Official Community Plan (OCP).
The city invites residents to the Miner’s Hall on Thursday, May 26 to an open house where they can review and refine their input to the OCP draft.
“I want to invite you to really think about what is important to you and give us your ideas, your vision, your vision of the future of Rossland and what is important to you,” said Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore on the OCP video.
According to the city announcement, “The OCP takes a 10-plus years glimpse into the future of Rossland. It reflects our vision, values, and plans for change.”
The city established a Rossland task force in 2020 and have since sent out several community surveys, held interviews and public events, encouraged coffee chats, and built an interactive story map.
“All of that combined with background research and analysis has culminated in this draft. A community plan cannot be created without consulting our community. We would love to hear your feedback!”
The open house will go from 6 to 8 p.m. May 26 at Miner’s Hall. Those unable to make it, are asked to fill out a survey at www.rossland.city/ocp-update.
The survey and the open house will give residents an idea of what council and city staff have heard from the community and prioritized regarding the environment, housing, trails parks and recreation, climate change, regional and active transportation, infrastructure and services, food security and agriculture, the economy and employment, community well being, and arts, culture and heritage.
The direction of the Golden City’s future depends on public input, and only comes around every decade or so. A new OCP is long overdue, the last one having been created back in Oct. 2008.
Residents are encouraged to go online and review the reports and publications including the OCP Engagement Plan, and the Background and Key Issues Report.
Attending the in-person open house also has added incentive with the Rossland Beer Company on hand offering refreshments.