Electoral Area "G" Official Community Plan (OCP)

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The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has initiated planning and preparation of the first Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area “G”.

What's New?

See the latest updates on the OCP here:

ONLINE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

An online Community Open House was held on June 24. The Open House was an opportunity to learn about the OCP, see what we've heard from residents so far, and to provide your input on emerging directions.

If you missed the open house, you can watch it here.

Youtube Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/YDFrxh1_KiZ8sV8vMwM4kA-cHLMo4125yn24oc_yn75VNSoDKZ0UbUdruxmPj0C9.YJ09whzk0gtvdYIc

What is an Official Community Plan?

An official community plan (OCP) provides guidance and policies on a broad range of topics including land‐use, transportation, housing, parks and infrastructure. Official community plans also designate land for specific purposes, like commercial office, retail, residential, park, and industrial. Collectively, the land use map and policies are used by the Regional Board, Regional District staff, other agencies and the community to guide decisions about future land use and investment in the community.

Official community plans are developed through public consultation and professional planning practices. Once drafted, an OCP must be adopted by the Regional District Board as an official Bylaw.

For more information, check out the video "What is an OCP?".


Background

Electoral Area “G” is a large geographic area that includes areas in and around Hedley and Olalla, and the rural area surrounding the Village of Keremeos. The area is bounded by the international border with the United States of America to the south, and abuts the rural areas of Electoral Area “H” to the west and north, Electoral Area “F” to the northeast, and Electoral Area “I”, “C” and “B” to the east.


Electoral Area "G"


In 2019, the Electoral Area “G” Director expressed an interest in the communities’ opinion on future land use and development over the next 20 to 25 years.

In October 2019, the Regional District reached out to the community to get feedback on developing an OCP for Electoral Area “G” in a campaign called, "Let's Talk Land Use".

The results of that campaign showed residents were in favour of having a say in future land use in their communities through exploring the concept of developing an OCP. In response, the Regional District initiated an Official Community Plan process to obtain more input and understand the interests of the community.

For more information on "Let's Talk Land Use" please see the results summary or survey results , or click on the "Documents" tab in the column on the right.

Citizen’s Committee

The Regional District Board of Directors appointed a Citizen's Committee for the Electoral Area “G” OCP project at the January 21, 2021 board meeting.

The Citizen’s Committee is composed of Electoral Area "G" residents from a broad range of geographic areas within Electoral Area "G". The Citizen's Committee will actively participate in the creation of the first OCP for Electoral Area “G” and provide essential feedback throughout the process.

Meeting minutes of the Citizen's Committee will be posted in the Citizen's Committee folder here.

OCP Project Timeline

The first Official Community Plan project for Electoral Area "G" was initiated in November 2020. The project will be completed over three phases and includes a variety of opportunities for community input. Please see "Get Involved" below.



The final OCP bylaw is anticipated to be complete by February 2022.

Community participation and feedback is an important part of the OCP process. The Regional District would like your feedback to help ensure the first OCP for Electoral Area "G" a document is supported by, and a reflection of the community.

Here are some ways you and your neighbours can participate:

PHASE 1:

PHASE 2: Spring and Summer 2021 - WE ARE HERE

  • Community Update - COMPLETED June 2021
  • Community Open House #1 - COMPLETED June 2021
  • Community Update - Late Summer 2021
  • Community Survey #2 - Fall 2021

PHASE 3: Fall and Winter 2021

  • Online Forum & Focus Groups
  • Community Open House #2 - Vision and OCP Framework
  • Community Survey #3
  • Community Open House #3 - Final Draft Plan

NOTE: Due to provincial health guidelines, in-person meetings are currently suspended. All community events and meetings for Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be held online and information provided via direct mail out to residents in Area "G". Future events will be assessed and updated to current guidelines.

Get Involved!

The Regional District wants to hear from you. Participate using the tools below. Check back often for updates and new activities. Sign up to get project alerts and updates by using the "Stay Informed" box on the right hand side.


The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has initiated planning and preparation of the first Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area “G”.

What's New?

See the latest updates on the OCP here:

ONLINE COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE

An online Community Open House was held on June 24. The Open House was an opportunity to learn about the OCP, see what we've heard from residents so far, and to provide your input on emerging directions.

If you missed the open house, you can watch it here.

Youtube Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/YDFrxh1_KiZ8sV8vMwM4kA-cHLMo4125yn24oc_yn75VNSoDKZ0UbUdruxmPj0C9.YJ09whzk0gtvdYIc

What is an Official Community Plan?

An official community plan (OCP) provides guidance and policies on a broad range of topics including land‐use, transportation, housing, parks and infrastructure. Official community plans also designate land for specific purposes, like commercial office, retail, residential, park, and industrial. Collectively, the land use map and policies are used by the Regional Board, Regional District staff, other agencies and the community to guide decisions about future land use and investment in the community.

Official community plans are developed through public consultation and professional planning practices. Once drafted, an OCP must be adopted by the Regional District Board as an official Bylaw.

For more information, check out the video "What is an OCP?".


Background

Electoral Area “G” is a large geographic area that includes areas in and around Hedley and Olalla, and the rural area surrounding the Village of Keremeos. The area is bounded by the international border with the United States of America to the south, and abuts the rural areas of Electoral Area “H” to the west and north, Electoral Area “F” to the northeast, and Electoral Area “I”, “C” and “B” to the east.


Electoral Area "G"


In 2019, the Electoral Area “G” Director expressed an interest in the communities’ opinion on future land use and development over the next 20 to 25 years.

In October 2019, the Regional District reached out to the community to get feedback on developing an OCP for Electoral Area “G” in a campaign called, "Let's Talk Land Use".

The results of that campaign showed residents were in favour of having a say in future land use in their communities through exploring the concept of developing an OCP. In response, the Regional District initiated an Official Community Plan process to obtain more input and understand the interests of the community.

For more information on "Let's Talk Land Use" please see the results summary or survey results , or click on the "Documents" tab in the column on the right.

Citizen’s Committee

The Regional District Board of Directors appointed a Citizen's Committee for the Electoral Area “G” OCP project at the January 21, 2021 board meeting.

The Citizen’s Committee is composed of Electoral Area "G" residents from a broad range of geographic areas within Electoral Area "G". The Citizen's Committee will actively participate in the creation of the first OCP for Electoral Area “G” and provide essential feedback throughout the process.

Meeting minutes of the Citizen's Committee will be posted in the Citizen's Committee folder here.

OCP Project Timeline

The first Official Community Plan project for Electoral Area "G" was initiated in November 2020. The project will be completed over three phases and includes a variety of opportunities for community input. Please see "Get Involved" below.



The final OCP bylaw is anticipated to be complete by February 2022.

Community participation and feedback is an important part of the OCP process. The Regional District would like your feedback to help ensure the first OCP for Electoral Area "G" a document is supported by, and a reflection of the community.

Here are some ways you and your neighbours can participate:

PHASE 1:

PHASE 2: Spring and Summer 2021 - WE ARE HERE

  • Community Update - COMPLETED June 2021
  • Community Open House #1 - COMPLETED June 2021
  • Community Update - Late Summer 2021
  • Community Survey #2 - Fall 2021

PHASE 3: Fall and Winter 2021

  • Online Forum & Focus Groups
  • Community Open House #2 - Vision and OCP Framework
  • Community Survey #3
  • Community Open House #3 - Final Draft Plan

NOTE: Due to provincial health guidelines, in-person meetings are currently suspended. All community events and meetings for Phase 1 and Phase 2 will be held online and information provided via direct mail out to residents in Area "G". Future events will be assessed and updated to current guidelines.

Get Involved!

The Regional District wants to hear from you. Participate using the tools below. Check back often for updates and new activities. Sign up to get project alerts and updates by using the "Stay Informed" box on the right hand side.


  • Area "G" Community Open House

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    Thanks to everyone who attended the Area "G" Community Open House!

    The Community Open House provided an opportunity for Area "G" residents to learn about the OCP, see what we've done so far, and provide early feedback on the emerging directions.

    Didn't get a chance to attend? You can view a recording of the Open House at this link: https://rdosregionalconnections.ca/area-g-ocp/widgets/79493/videos/7580

  • Area "G" Community Survey

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    The Area "G" OCP Community Survey was open from March to April 2021. The survey was held online, with additional paper copies available throughout the community.

    The survey was a big success, with a total of 124 responses received. The results from the survey will help the project team identify important issues and will shape the next steps in community engagement. Summary results from the survey will shared with the community and will be used help inform the OCP.

    Thank you to all who participated!

  • Area "G" Citizen's Committee Has First Meeting

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    On March 8, 2021, the Area G Citizens Committee had their first meeting. The meeting was held virtually on Zoom.

    The Citizen's Committee represents a broad range of Area "G" residents and interests. Members come from all corners of Area "G", and represent a variety of professional and personal backgrounds.

    The Citizen's Committee kick-off meeting helped Committee members get to know each other, introduced the OCP project, reviewed the roles and responsibilities of the Committee, and gathered initial feedback for staff on key issues in the community. Members of the Committee also provided insight on how to best listen to Area "G" residents, and how to make sure the project reaches as many people as possible.

    The Citizen's Committee will continue to meet regularly throughout the OCP project.

    View the meeting minutes here

    View the slide presentation here