What is an Official Community Plan? Why do we need one? How can I get involved? Learn more about our Official Community Plan (OCP) below.
An OCPizza Party is a gathering of 4 or more people to discuss some of the early policy directions and trade-offs outlined in the OCP Workbooks. This OCPizza Party format is intended to help you have these important conversations in a way that is more comfortable – and convenient – than a formal workshop.
Yes. The District is offering up to $30 reimbursement for hosts who provide food at their OCPizza Parties (for groups of 4 or more).
After you submit your group's input online, please scan or take a photo of your food receipts and email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your host name and address. You can also drop them off in person or by mail with your completed workbook to:
Attention: OCPizza Workbook
District of Squamish, 39755 Second Avenue, Box 310
Squamish, B.C., V8B 0A3
The deadline to submit workbooks is May 13, 2016.
No, however we do ask that you complete the sign-in sheet, at least three topic areas and the workbook feedback section.
Yes! The public workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss policy directions for a Growing, Thriving and Resilient Squamish with other community members. If you haven't completed all three workbooks you are welcome to join us again at the event.
Yes, you can provide individual input in the online workbook which includes the same content as the workbooks (you can also submit a paper workbook if you prefer). You are also welcome to join us at the public workshop to take part in a small group discussion. The workshop takes place on Monday, May 9 at Brennan Park Recreation Centre from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Official Community Plan (OCP) is our community’s highest level, overall plan for the future. It sets out a clear vision for how Squamish will grow and develop over the next 20 years. The OCP guides future land use decisions, infrastructure and community service investments, and conservation of the natural environment, among other topics.
There has been a significant shift in reality since the last OCP was adopted in 2010. Squamish is growing, quickly. According to the latest census, Squamish is one of the fastest growing communities in the province. Development trends in Squamish have shifted significantly since 2010 and this has resulted in opportunities and challenges not clearly foreseen at the time of developing the current OCP. In addition to growth, Squamish has seen a major swing in demographics; climate change and the environment are of increasing concern; we're faced with changing economic realities; and our society is becomingly increasingly digitized. By setting out a clear community vision today, we can shape our future growth in a way that is sustainable and provides a high quality of life for current and future residents.
OCPs are typically updated every 10 years or so as communities change. This OCP update will check that the current OCP policies are still relevant and will add in new policies to reflect community-identified issues and concerns, trends and emerging best practices that have been learned since the last OCP was written.
The new OCP will also reassess growth projections and integrate recent plans and studies, such as the Downtown Neighbourhood Plan, Employment Lands Strategy, Estuary Management Plan, transportation plans, affordable housing, flood mitigation strategies, and planning for climate change, among others. In this way, we're trying to incorporate the good work of the last few years into our overall plan.
The OCP is influenced by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional Growth Strategy, which sets the overall vision for the livability of the region and prioritizes goals across the region to meet common social, economic and environmental objectives.
In the District, the OCP is the highest-level strategic plan, and other District plans, strategies, and policies must support the vision and policies in the OCP. The following diagram shows the relationship of these plans.
Over the next year we are asking residents, business owners and community stakeholder groups to share what they value most about Squamish and to weigh in on how the District can build on our strengths while planning for the future. There will be many opportunities for you to learn more, attend an event and provide feedback throughout the process.
District staff will lead the development of the new plan with engagement support from a team led by Modus Planning, Design & Engagement Inc.
The project is also being guided by a Citizen Advisory Committee, who is responsible for providing insight from local residents on the engagement process, ensuring that any policy development reflects what we heard from the public, being a sounding board for the engagement process (including selection of consultants), and helping to share information and raise awareness through their networks.
The Citizen Advisory Committee consists of the Mayor, one Councillor and up to 10 community members (listed in alphabetical order below).
The Citizen Advisory Committee is responsible for providing insight from local residents on the engagement process, ensuring that any policy development reflects what we heard from the public, being a sounding board for the engagement process (including selection of consultants), and helping to share information and raise awareness through their networks. View the Committee's Terms of Reference.
Community members submitted applications to sit on the committee and were selected by the District’s Chief Administrative Officer to assist staff and Council establish a broad cross-section of opinion and experience.
Advisory Committee meetings will be open to the public and will be advertised once a more regular meeting schedule is established.
The Squamish First Nation has been formally invited to participate in the process and to sit on the Advisory Committee. The Nation declined to participate on the committee in favour of a more formal consultation through Council-to-Council meetings.
The deadline for workbook submissions is May 13, 2016. Your receipts can be submitted along with the workbook.
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