This was done through an online survey and questions posed on Facebook, as well as in person discussions. 85 responses to the online survey were submitted, answering a variety of questions about the priorities laid out by the City. Overall, it appears that for the most part, the objectives that the City presented are generally viewed positively by the community.
Through face-to-face meetings, a number of concerns were brought to councillors’ attention. They included worries about workers from camps having to use local medical and social services, as well as increased policing and housing costs. Transportation concerns came up in both in-person discussions and written submissions, due to increased traffic on local roads.
In order to “close the loop” on the feedback process, City Council will be presenting its findings at an open house on November 5 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Canadian Grind. Mayor Lori Ackerman says this will be the last opportunity for the public’s input on the City’s objectives, before they present them to B.C. Hydro in early November.
“This is what we heard, we need to take it back to the community and say, ‘Did we hear you right?'”
The full results of the Let’s Talk Site C community engagement are available for download below.