Okanagan Falls Community Association ready to update residents on potential for incorporation

Ready for incorporation?

The community of Okanagan Falls is invited to come together on Tuesday to hear the latest about the potential for their small area to become incorporated.

The Okanagan Falls Community Association, which is unaffiliated with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, will be leading an information session from their perspective.

“We want to move Okanagan Falls forward in a way that will benefit the community, but we need input from our neighbours,” Ethan Ribalkin, OFCA spokesperson said in a press release.

“With so much potential for change – from the potential for incorporation to new developments – it is important that our valued community members are kept informed. We encourage everyone to attend.”

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Okanagan Falls Elementary School.

Updates will include details from a report written by Michael A. von Hausen,pPresident of MVH Urban Planning & Design Inc., and CEO of the Great Communities Institute.

The summary of Hausen's 30-page report will illustrate the opportunities and challenges the small town faces if it were to incorporate.

OFCA said the core context of the report came from community engagement, with input from business owners, local politicians, neighbours and the association itself.

“I sincerely hope that my ‘fresh eyes’ insights inspire at least some actions that help jump-start the transformation of Okanagan Falls with proper growth that does not undermine its rich character,” the report reads in part.

The OFCA will also be updating the community also on their plans for events, supporting local needs and other initiatives that will benefit the community, including an update from local RDOS director, Matt Taylor.

The RDOS is the governing body overseeing the incorporation study. For more information, click here.

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