Group has designs for Penticton downtown

Before they head into their design charrette next week, the Penticton downtown revitalization advisory committee is taking to the streets one more time.

Saturday at the downtown markets, they will be holding a sidewalk charrette at the corner of Westminster and Main, where members of the public can take part in the design process, sharing and sketching ideas with representatives from the advisory committee.

The main charrette begins on Monday, with a team of designers, facilitators and city staff beginning work with a group of 40 to 50 stakeholders to outline rough sketches to graphically depict the vision for downtown Penticton, drawing on the information and ideas brought forward during a variety of public input sessions over the past few months.

Each of the five days of the charrette will be dedicated to a different activity, starting with the kickoff on Monday, where the community stakeholders will be divided into teams and the initial sketching and idea trading on topics like land use, civic facilities, transportation and others will begin. Those ideas will be refined and built upon over the course of the week to develop a concept, feasibility model and policy recommendations.

For the most part, the charrette will be conducted behind closed doors at the Penticton Lakeside Resort, but the public will have a chance to observe the process on Aug. 1 form 5 to 7 p.m.

The walkthrough gives the public a chance to tour design concepts already generated and give feedback. However, in order to ensure the charrette team’s creative process continues during public viewing, the walkthrough will be conducted quietly, with a chance to give input and ask questions at the end of the tour.


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