New, interactive tool makes it easy to review the drafts and submit feedback online
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW)’s draft Vision and Official Community Plan (OCP) are now available online with opportunities for community feedback on the draft documents until July 13. Almost 150 community members attended the Vision and OCP Community Forum on June 25 to provide their feedback on the updated content, as part of the project’s second phase of engagement.
A new, interactive tool has been introduced online, making it easy for the community to review and comment on the draft content until July 13. Visit whistler.ca/MyFutureWhistler to navigate the 14 chapters and provide input on the proposed goals, objectives and policies. The format provides the flexibility to share feedback about all the topics or to comment on individual topics of interest.
This project is a continuation of the substantial OCP update, which 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. As a result, the RMOW reverted back to the 1993 OCP. The long-term, physical development of the resort community has most recently been guided by the 2004 vision, Whistler2020 and the amended 1993 OCP.
Much has changed in Whistler over the last 25 years, including increased population and visitation. The current update to Whistler’s Vision and OCP builds on the intensive 20-month period to update Whistler’s OCP from 2010 to 2012. Changing factors and conditions affecting the resort community have been addressed; RMOW studies, strategies and initiatives over the past five years have been included; and recent community, partner, committee and council feedback has been integrated.
Key themes recently identified by the community have been addressed in the draft Vision and OCP including the following:
- overall ‘busyness’ of resort community and level of activity placing stress on the community and its systems;
- concerns over further growth;
- importance of ongoing innovation, renewal and reinvestment;
- recognition of economic cycles effects; and
- protection of natural areas as the foundation of our wellbeing and tourism-based economy.
In addition, the OCP includes a renewed focus on strengthened relations with the Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation, ‘sense of community,’ and wildfire management priorities.
The draft Vision is Whistler: a place where community thrives, nature is protected and guests are inspired.
The next steps in the Vision and OCP update process include agency referrals; Council readings; a public hearing and associated document revisions; review by the Province of British Columbia; and Council adoption.
Public computers are available at the Whistler Public Library and the Municipal Hall lobby to review the draft Vision and OCP and provide feedback.
About Whistler’s Official Community Plan (OCP)
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 updated Vision describes what the resort community is collectively trying to achieve over the long term and replaces the vision included in Whistler2020.
Whistler’s first OCP was adopted in 1976. Whistler’s amended 1993 OCP currently guides the long-term, physical development of the resort community. Once approved, the 2018 renewal of Whistler's Vision and update to the Official Community Plan will replace the 1993 OCP.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability. How we’re doing: whistler.ca/monitoring