| The City of Kelowna wants residents to explore new ways to get involved in municipal affairs during Local Government Awareness Week, May 19 to 25. |
"Our residents are especially interested in their local government and being part of the decision-making process," says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "This week, we're joining with municipalities across the province to encourage residents to continue to have their voices heard."
To encourage informed participation, the City has a public engagement RSS news feed accessible from kelowna.ca/getinvolved. During planning processes, the City seeks input on upcoming park, transportation, utility and community projects through open houses, workshops, surveys, online tools and social media.
"My Council and I are proud of the innovation exhibited by City staff in finding new ways to engage with the public," says Mayor Gray. "A great example is how staff have received information about the future of City Park - an online tool provides an interactive environment for residents and City staff to explore ideas for the future improvements of the park. City Park plans will evolve as a result of public input."
Online engagement platforms reduce barriers for residents who want the flexibility to be involved. Check out kelowna.ca/mycitypark to review the concept plan and ideas that have been submitted (submission deadline was April 26) and responses from City staff. This online engagement pilot tests the readiness of Kelowna residents to participate online in City-led initiatives. The online forum has shown early promise, with nearly 2,500 visitors, 179 ideas and 241 comments.
Residents will receive the annual City Views publication with their tax notices next week. The newsletter provides information on taxation and keeps residents up-to-date on City projects, including the changing face of Kelowna's downtown and waterfront, and opportunities for active transportation.
Residents can also stay informed by monitoring kelowna.ca, signing up for email updates through e-Subscribe or joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Kelowna City Council meeting agendas, minutes and highlights are posted on kelowna.ca, with Monday afternoon Council meeting audio broadcast live on Castanet.net and video recordings on Shaw Cable.
To discover more ways to get involved and connect with your City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.