District of West Vancouver Launches Online Services
October 30, 2013
Posted by: Alison Hermansen
The District of West Vancouver has launched westvancouverITE, an online engagement platform that allows residents to provide input and opinions on community issues when it's convenient for them, from home PCs or mobile devices. Subscribers can get information about current projects, find out what others are saying and express their own thoughts and preferences. Input is incorporated into the District's decision-making processes on development applications, land use, policy and budget decisions, and how District programs and services should be delivered.
'West Vancouver has many important decisions to make for which we need input and direction from residents, but we recognize that people have busy lives and can't make it to a stream of open houses and Council meetings,' says District of West Vancouver Mayor Michael Smith. 'This service lets those people inform themselves about issues and reach us with their thoughts and opinions without always having to come to meetings. They can do so from their computers at home.'
The service is named 'westvancouverITE' where the letters 'ITE' stand for 'Inform+Take part=Evolve'. This represents the westvancouverITE's goal - to help inform residents, help them take part with the District and each other, and help the District evolve with residents.
The first topic featured is a current development permit application which seeks an amendment to the District's Official Community Plan to build two residential towers and additional retail space at Park Royal, on the site of the current White Spot restaurant on Marine Drive at Taylor Way.
Contained within the recently launched user-centred website westvancouver.ca, westvancouverITE is an extension of online services offered to District residents. It is intended to augment, not replace, in-person public meetings - those will continue as part of the District's public engagement process. Several more consultations will begin on westvancouverITE soon, including consultation on the District's proposed 2014 budget.
Join the conversation, visit westvancouver.ca/westvancouverite.
For more information :
750 17th Street
West Vancouver,, British Columbia
Canada, V7T 3T3