North Crumpit Neighbourhood Planning Process

The District of Squamish has received an application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) with the inclusion of a Neighbourhood Plan that covers the North Crumpit lands in Valleycliffe. The application does not include a proposed development plan; the application will initiate a planning process for a portion of that would lead to the creation and consideration of a Neighbourhood Plan.

The proposed Neighbourhood Plan boundary is limited to a portion of Lot 1 District Lots 514 AND 515 Plan EPP95956 (identified below in yellow), approximately 103 ha in area and which is contained within the District’s Growth Management Boundary (GMB) established in the OCP.

Proposed Planning Process

District of Squamish staff have worked with the applicant to outline a general planning process for the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. The following initial planning process was presented to Council in April 2021 for consideration. A refined engagement plan will be considered by Council later in 2021.

Pre-application

Defining the planning area / extent of the Plan and preliminary analysis of conditions and development potential.

Application (February-April 2021): 

Application and introductory presentation to Council including preliminary engagement steps.

Information gathering and engagement preparation

At this stage technical and socio-economic information is assembled to prepare for engagement and the planning analysis. Some engagement activities with key stakeholder groups are already initiated. Information gathered includes: environmental inventory, recreational inventory, infrastructure and utility inventory, transportation and access inventory, geotechnical analysis, wildfire risk analysis, viewshed and visual impact analysis, area population, housing and available services inventory.

First Round of Public Engagement

The OCP contains a high standard for public engagement for Neighbourhood Plan development. The engagement process needs to identify and address community aspirations (beyond the planning area), as well as public concerns, and provide information on the rationale, benefits and consequences of the proposed plans. Targeted stakeholder engagement will be used to facilitate community issue representation in this case; this approach has emerged from discussions with the applicant. Key community stakeholders will be engaged on an ongoing basis at each stage of the planning process after the introductory presentation to Council and will be important sources of knowledge in information gathering in Stage 3.

In the first round of engagement, background information collected in Stage 3 is presented to community members and stakeholders in multiple formats (online and in-person as COVID guidelines allow). Engagement feedback and information is assembled and presented to Council.

Land Use Options

Based on information and feedback received in Stages 3 and 4, land use scenarios are prepared with detailed information about population and density, including housing diversity, parks, open space and conservation areas, access and circulation plans, servicing, hazard mitigation, and phasing.

 Second Round of Public Engagement

Neighbourhood Plan land use options are presented to the community in the second round of engagement utilizing online and in-person engagement formats as COVID guidelines allow. Engagement feedback and information is assembled and presented to Council.

 Preferred Option

Based on OCP and relevant District policy, community engagement results, and Council feedback, a preferred Land Use plan is prepared. Detailed information is collected and analyzed to support the preferred land use plan (environmental, infrastructure, transportation).

 Third Round of Public Engagement

Preferred Neighbourhood Plan land use plan and policy directions are presented to the community utilizing online and in-person engagement formats as COVID guidelines allow. Engagement feedback and information is assembled and presented to Council.

 Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Based on studies, policies and feedback gathered in previous stages, a draft Neighbourhood Plan is prepared and relevant studies refined for inclusion as appendices. The draft plan is presented to Council for feedback.

 Bylaw Consideration

Draft Neighbourhood Plan is presented to Council for reading consideration and the public hearing process.

More Information:

April 13, 2021 Report to Council and Development Application 
Note: In the above report and application the subject lands are referred to as Crumpit Meadows, District Lot 515, and Lot 1 South

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