Hearing is final opportunity for public input on the OCP following more than 3,000 hours of citizen and stakeholder engagement
The public hearing for Whistler’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is scheduled for April 16 at 6 p.m. during the regular council meeting at Maury Young Arts Centre (4335 Blackcomb Way). The hearing is the final opportunity for public input on the OCP and follows more than 3,000 hours of citizen and stakeholder engagement that has been invested in the development of the OCP since 2010 and a two-phase consultation process through 2018. The first reading by Council took place in October 2018.
A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documentation are available at the reception desk at Municipal Hall, 4325 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, B.C. from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday until April 16.
Written comments must be addressed to “Mayor and Council” and will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. April 16.
The OCP is the RMOW’s most important guiding document that sets long-term community direction. 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. Community and organizational progress will continue to be measured through the Community Monitoring Program, which has been in place and continued to evolve since 1994.
“There has been an incredible amount of time and thought put into Whistler’s new OCP, both in public engagement and time by staff,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “The desire to maintain a strong community identity and spirit was heard loud and clear during both phases of public consultation. I feel that the document coming before Council on April 16 strongly represents that.”
During Phase One, public and stakeholder input was gathered on the previous 2011 draft OCP and Whistler 2020 Vision. The community was invited to share their feedback through a variety of activities, including in-person at the March 2018 community forum, the “Postcards to the future” project, a community workbook, an online survey and email and social media feedback.
Last June, Whistler’s 2018 draft Vision and OCP were presented to Council based on community input. A second community forum followed, providing the community with an opportunity to provide more feedback on the draft OCP and Vision.
Following the hearing on April 16, the OCP will be considered for third reading followed by ministerial review at the provincial level including consultation with the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation. The official adoption of the OCP would be later in 2019.
The updated OCP will replace the 1993 OCP. Whistler’s original OCP was adopted in 1976 and various updates and amendments have taken place since that time.
Read Whistler’s Vision and OCP at whistler.ca/MyFutureWhistler.