Cochrane residents invited to take part in Phase 2 of Envision Cochrane 2050 engagement

Let's envision our future!

(Cochrane, AB) – Last fall, hundreds of Cochrane residents shared their input to support the creation of the Envision Cochrane 2050 long-term plan to guide municipal growth, infrastructure and servicing, and land use needs. As Phase 2 engagement launches February 15, 2024, residents are invited to continue to share their ideas on Cochrane’s future as the plan evolves.

The first phase of engagement for the plan was focused on generating a vision for Cochrane’s future, and included questions on Cochrane’s identity, livability, open spaces and natural areas, vibrant economy and connectivity. Cochrane residents shared their input from September 5 to October 6, 2023, completing an online survey and polls, visiting pop-up engagement stations at key locations, and having face-to-face conversations and interviews with community groups.  A full report on the results of the first phase of engagement is available at www.letstalkcochrane.ca/envision.

“We appreciated the thoughtful and valuable feedback we received from residents during the first phase of the Envision Cochrane 2050 engagement,” says Drew Hyndman, Executive Director, Development & Infrastructure Services for Cochrane. “As we embark on Phase 2, residents are invited to offer feedback on four key areas: economic vitality, arts and culture, parks and recreation, and the future expansion of our natural areas, which was identified as one of Cochrane’s key attributes in the first phase of engagement. This feedback will be used to guide policy creation.”

To learn more and take part in Envision Cochrane 2050 engagement, residents can visit www.letstalkcochrane.ca/envision and complete the survey by March 17, 2024. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at key community locations including the Station, RancheHouse, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), and the SLS Centre.

During Phase 2 engagement, displays will be placed in popular community locations including the Cochrane Public Library, the RancheHouse (outside the theatre), the SLS Centre (at the main reception area) and the Station. In addition, community conversations will be taking place:

  • Thursday, February 22, 6 to 8:30 p.m.:
    Trivia Night and Envision Cochrane 2050 Engagement
    Found Books, 208 1 Street West
  • Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: 
    Envision Cochrane 2050 Engagement
    SLS Centre (main reception area), 800 Griffin Road East

“It’s important that we ensure the Envision Cochrane 2050 plan encourages strategic growth while maintaining the elements and factors that make Cochrane such a great place to live,” Hyndman adds.  “We’re providing a wide range of opportunities to participate, because we want everyone in Cochrane to have a say in their future.”

An initial draft of the Envision Cochrane 2050 plan that includes Phase 2 feedback will be available for community review in spring 2024. A final phase of public engagement will take place in mid-2024, with plan finalization and approval slated for fall/winter 2024.

MEDIA CONTACT
Alyssa Korte, Public Engagement Advisor
P: 403-851-7703
Alyssa.Korte@cochrane.ca
@TownofCochrane