Process to engage community members, local First Nations, government agencies and school district
Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Council has endorsed an engagement strategy with the community, First Nations and stakeholders for the 2018 continuation and update to the RMOW’s Official Community Plan (OCP).
The 2018 continuation of the OCP update will:
- develop and integrate a renewed community vision
- update the current realities and policies of the 2011 OCP to address changing factors and conditions affecting the resort community, as well as recent RMOW studies, strategies and initiatives over the past five years
- integrate ongoing additional engagement with the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations.
“Updating our Official Community Plan has been a priority for this Council and has been identified as a 2018 action,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “Early on, our community made forward-looking policy and planning, partnerships and collaboration a priority. We will continue to value and respect those attributes, as well as the historic work by the community toward the vision and OCP, building on our strong foundation.”
A renewed community vision will also be developed as part of the 2018 continuation project to replace Whistler2020, which has served as Whistler’s integrated community sustainability plan and highest-level policy document. The renewed vision will be a stand-alone document and will also be embedded directly into the OCP to provide a comprehensive guiding document.
The 2018 continuation of the OCP will update the current realities and policies within each chapter of the 2011 OCP. There have also been many changes in Whistler since then, which will be reflected in the updated OCP. New RMOW studies as well as extensive work on various strategies and initiatives such as the Economic Partnership Initiative Committee and the Mayor’s Task Force on Resident Housing will be incorporated into the 2018 OCP.
The community vision and OCP update will be carried out in three parts between January and June of 2018 with some aspects occurring simultaneously. The work in 2018 will build on the more than 2,500 hours of citizen and stakeholder time and engagement that has been invested in the development of the OCP since 2010. The process in the new year will include opportunities for community members to provide input into the renewed vision and updated OCP. Targeted engagement and input will be sought from the Lil’wat Nation, Squamish Nation, as well as government agencies, community partners and Sea to Sky School District No. 48. There will also be a mandated public hearing as part of Council’s consideration of an updated OCP.
The vision will describe what we as a resort community are collectively trying to achieve over the long-term and provides a foundation for an updated OCP. It will be an aspirational descriptive narrative that is Whistler-specific and true to Whistler.
The RMOW’s OCP is a required document adopted by bylaw under the authority of the Local Government Act. The OCP is the RMOW’s most important document for guiding the physical development of the resort community. It articulates policies for growth management, land use, housing, and greenhouse gas emissions targets, as well as for social and environmental issues. All bylaws enacted or works undertaken by Council after adoption of an OCP must align with the OCP.
This project is a continuation of the substantial OCP update that was completed in 2011 but was followed by the Province of British Columbia’s approval of the plan being quashed by the Supreme Court of British Columbia forcing the RMOW to revert back to the 1993 OCP.