Nanaimo intially set aspirational targets, and then adjusted our targets after our CEEP to fall closer to what our population growth and density projections were expecting. We made the later adjustment during our CEEP process. The target was chosen as a way to build credibility and momentum to begin taking action, first corporately, and then later throug a number of community intiaitves.
Prior to the CEEP being completed, there were concerns that the aspirational targets being placed in the OCP by the legislated deadline were not going to be taken seriously. By conducting a CEEP and engaging a range of stakeholders and various staff and council, we wanted to come to a common understanding of why this was important and what target we could intially accept. I say this, because targets can always be adjusted up in the future once some sense of progress and accomplishment is reached in meeting the initial target.