The public is invited out to the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre on Thursday at 7 p.m. for an open house to discuss the Dawson Creek Airport Sustainability Plan, which seeks to create a long-term vision for the airport.
“We’re inviting everybody and anybody in the community to come out to listen and voice their opinions,” said Mayor Mike Bernier. “Part of our strategic priorities is to have a plan around the airport, but we don’t know what that is going to be so that is why we are reaching out to the community for their involvement on how we shape that.”
A survey can also be completed and returned either at the public open house on Thursday, or at City Hall until Oct. 13. That survey is available at www.dawsoncreek.ca.
Back in August, city council approved the expenditure of over $42,000 to undertake the three-part Airport Sustainability Plan, led by the firms of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. and Patricia Maloney and Associates. Public consultations are part of the first phase of the project, which also involves background research and strategic planning sessions.
The second phase involves an assessment of current plans, facilities and land uses in and around the airport, the development of a Long Term Airport Use Development Plan and map that will define the airside, groundside and operational reserve areas key for any future development. The third phase of the project is the sustainability plan that will include a socio-economic summary of the airport; five, 10 and 20-year strategies and a work program; and recommendations for "soft" projects and strategies to monitor success.
The project is expected to be completed by Nov. 30.
The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce will also host representatives from the City of Dawson Creek and the consulting firms for an update on the project at noon on Thursday during the chamber’s regular monthly luncheon. That event will be hosted at the Best Western Dawson Creek, and is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non-members to attend.