Whistler’s draft Vision and Official Community Plan to be presented for public input
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is hosting a Community Forum on Monday, June 25, launching the second phase of the 2018 update to Whistler’s Community Vision and Official Community Plan (OCP) . Phase Two of the project will focus on community opportunities to review and provide feedback on the updated draft OCP – a continuation of the 2010 to 2013 OCP process – and on gathering input to finalize the Community Vision.
“Early on, our community made forward-looking policy and planning, partnerships and collaboration a priority,” said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden. “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.”
During Phase One of the project, community input was gathered on the 2011 draft OCP and Whistler 2020 content to inform updates to Whistler’s 2018 Vision and OCP. Feedback was received through a variety of engagement activities, including the March 2018 community forum, Ideabook submissions, Postcards to the Future, an online survey and social media feedback.
Whistler's 2018 draft Vision and OCP to be presented on June 25 are based on input received from the community during Phase One of the project, committees, partner organizations and Council. This builds on 2,500 hours of citizen and stakeholder time and engagement that has been invested in the development of the OCP since 2010 for a total of almost 3000 hours. The draft documents are available online for review and will be available for comments following the upcoming Community Forum.
Vision and OCP
|Date:||Monday, June 25|
|Time:||4 to 8:30 p.m.|
|4 to 5:30 p.m. (Informal drop-in)|
|5:30 p.m. (Presentations)|
|6:15 to 8:30 p.m. (Table discussions and informal drop-in)|
|Location:||Whistler Conference Centre (Foyer)|
There are opportunities to provide feedback during a portion of or throughout the evening. Community members who are unable to attend the presentation component of the Forum are welcome to drop-in between 4 and 5:30 p.m. and again from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. to provide input on posters and to ask questions. At 5:30 there will be presentations, followed by more opportunities for input, questions and discussion at tables facilitated by municipal staff. Food and child-minding will be provided beginning at 4:30 p.m. to make it convenient and welcoming for community members to participate.
“We already have quite a number of people signed up to attend the forum and many people have asked me about reviewing the draft,” added Wilhelm-Morden. “I encourage community members to participate, whether attending the event or reviewing the drafts online during the second phase.”
Following the forum, the next steps in Whistler’s 2018 Vision and OCP update include: online feedback opportunities, agency referral, integration of feedback and Council review. The documents will then go to Council for first and second readings, and then a public hearing – the final opportunity for public input. The final process will include a third reading by Council, ministerial review and Council adoption.
About Whistler’s Official Community Plan
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. The OCP is the roadmap that guides the physical development of the resort community, within the long-term objectives of the Vision that shape Whistler’s future.