Public hearing for final input on April 16
The Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMOW) Vision and Official Community Plan (OCP) received second reading at the Regular Meeting of Council on March 12. The public hearing for the OCP is scheduled for April 16 at 6 p.m. during the regular council meeting.
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.
The adoption of Whistler’s OCP 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.
“Overwhelmingly, we heard from residents the importance of community in Whistler,” said Mayor Jack Crompton. “Nature, outdoor activities, culture and the environment are all very important to our residents however, nothing was communicated more clearly to us than the importance of knitting all of those elements together within a strong community identity and spirit.”
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.
The final steps for Whistler’s Vision and OCP update include a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 – the final opportunity for public input. Following the hearing, 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. Adoption of the Vision and OCP is expected 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.
“While so many things have changed over our community’s history, it was striking—and comforting—to me to read from our very first OCP in 1976 and see how many of our core values and objectives are still so relevant today,” added the Mayor.
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.
Read Whistler’s Vision and OCP at whistler.ca/MyFutureWhistler.