The Upper Bridge River Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) last underwent a major review in 2006 (adopted in 2008). Since that time, only minor updates to the document have been made. A comprehensive review of the OCP document is timely, and will incorporate current information and best practices.
From 2006 to 2016, Area A saw relatively flat population growth. However, the 2021 census revealed a 63.1% jump in population between 2016 and 2021. Anecdotally, regional demographics are shifting toward younger community members, supported by remote work opportunities.
A series of key issues will need to be addressed through the 2022 OCP review. These include:
- Housing: Housing issues including housing affordability will be looked at, in light of recommendations that were made in the 2020 Housing Needs and Demand Study (which identified specific zones where "light density" may be appropriate.
- Heritage: Heritage Planning opportunities will be examined to ensure the effective management of Area A heritage resources in perpetuity.
- Park Land and Trail Designation: Opportunities to enhance and maintain public access to key areas such as waterfront will be explored and trail designation will be addressed in order to ensure appropriate management of recreation resources.
The project is currently in Phase Two: Community Visioning.
The OCP review and update will include a range of community engagement opportunities across multiple project phases. We want to hear from you!
Opportunities to participate:
- Online Community Survey (May 2-June 3)
- In-Person "Pop-Up" Event at Gold Bridge Community Centre/Trade Show, May 21, 11am-2pm
- In-Person "Pop-Up" Event at Gold Bridge Community Centre/Garage Sale, May 22, 11am-3pm