COLUMN: The planning process

It has been nearly a year and a half since Summerland’s municipal council appointed the Cultural Plan Task Force.

It has been nearly a year and a half since Summerland’s municipal council appointed the Cultural Plan Task Force.

The appointment was made April 13, 2015 and the task force held its first meeting on April 21, 2015.

In the months following, the task force held numerous meetings and community conversations on a variety of topics.

The 33-page report was completed in August and was presented and received by council on Monday evening.

By any standards, this has been a long process and it has involved many within the community. More than 2,300 comments were received through the consultation process.

The lengthy consultation process and breadth of public involvement should result in a plan which reflects on the community’s values about culture.

The question to be considered is what happens next, now that the report has been completed.

The task force included five strategic directions in the document, as a way to guide the community’s cultural development in the future.

Two of these directions are concrete and specific. These directions are establishing an administrative framework to support the arts, heritage and culture, and enhancing public spaces and cultural places. These are strategies which can be measured.

The other three directions are more nebulous. Terms such as, “Reflect Summerland’s cultural values,” “Build on community strengths and assets,” and, “Connect the community,” are hard to measure.

How is it possible to determine the amount of progress made in these areas?

There is a lot of value in having good plans in place, and there is a lot of value in having a cultural plan for the community.

However, a plan by itself is not enough. Any plan affecting the community must eventually result in action.


Just Posted

LETTER: Disrespectful behaviour not a reality

During the entire Banks Crescent section of the meeting, there was not a whisper from the crowd

LETTER: Concept image doesn’t show reality

A Banks Crescent concept image used in the Review doesn’t show the trees and background

Letter: Arguments are unsubstantiated

An open letter to the Summerlanders for sensible development group

LETTER: Solly does not meet requirements for collector road

If an attempt to make Solly a collector road is made, it will cost a lot more than $1.2 million

LETTER: Festival of Lights a triumph

Writer thanks organizers for great event

Me Too At Work: Sexual assault and harassment in the B.C. workplace

Introducing an in-depth look at who is affected and what can be done

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

No More Shootouts: Strong defence will be Canada’s backbone at world juniors

Head coach doesn’t want a situation where a hot goalie or a lucky bounce can determine a team’s fate

‘Assemble your own meal’ kits grow into $120M industry in Canada

Kits offer a middle ground between eating out and grocery shopping

Millennials closing in as B.C.’s biggest wine drinkers

Generation X leads the way in current consumption of B.C. wine, as more wine drinkers are enjoying local varietals

Canadians lag behind Americans in giving to charity

Only one-in-five Canadians donated to charities in 2017

B.C. children adoption rates lagging, despite increased funding: watchdog

More than 1,000 children are still waiting to be adopted, new report shows

Hurdles ahead for Sicamous off-road vehicle bylaw

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with district

FortisBC to lower natural gas rates in 2018

Rate changes to impact the Lower Mainland, Kootenays, Interior and Vancouver Island

Most Read