Electoral Area A Official Community Plan Review and Update

For information, contact:

SLRD Planning and Development Services
Project Email: AreaAOCP@slrd.bc.ca
Phone: 604.894.6371

Sep 6, 2022
Electoral Area A

Project Overview

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.

Current Status

Project Timeline

The project is currently in Phase Three: Draft OCP.

Community Engagement

The OCP review and update will include a range of community engagement opportunities across multiple project phases. Phase Two engagement activities are now complete, and the What we Heard report is available to review below.

What We Heard Summary Report (Phase Two Engagement)

We are now moving into Phase Three engagement, which includes the Community Workbook. The workbook can be downloaded or printed and completed individually or in a group. Completed workbooks need to be submitted to the SLRD by Friday, October 21 at 4pm.

Community Workbook

 

Key Documents

Terms of Reference

OCP One-Pager (What is an OCP?)

 

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