Whether you've been a resident for 30 years, 3 years, or 3 months, your input matters. The RMOW is leading a process to update Whistler's Community Vision and Official Community Plan (OCP), with a number of opportunities for community input.
Whistler’s future looks bright, thanks to you! Your feedback on the draft Community Vision and OCP helped inform the future of our resort community. Community and agency input gathered over the past few months was considered by staff and incorporated into the current draft received first reading from Council on October 2, 2018.
Stay tuned for the next opportunity to have your say at a public hearing.
The goal is to update the Community Vision and OCP to address changing factors and conditions affecting the resort community, recent RMOW studies, strategies and initiatives over the past five years, and closer engagement with the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation. This current project builds on an intensive 20-month period of community engagement, policy development, document preparation and referrals between 2010 and 2013.
Whistler's guiding vision was revisited beginning in January during Phase One of the project to replace Whistler2020, which has served as Whistler’s integrated community sustainability plan and highest-level policy document.
Many people were involved in creating the Whistler2020 vision and this new process builds on its foundation. Whistler2020 was developed in 2004 and 2005, and the detailed vision has served Whistler over the years that followed, helping to inform decisions and dialogue. Progress towards the vision has been tracked and reported annually. Learn more about Community Monitoring.
Phase Two focused on community opportunities to review and provide feedback on the updated draft OCP and on gathering input to finalize the Community Vision. Municipal staff drafted Whistler's Community Vision and OCP based on input received during Phase One of the project. The draft documents were available at the June 25 Community Forum for additional public review and comments.
Phase One Community Engagement
A variety of community engagement activities were available in March 2018 as part of Phase One to update Whistler’s Community Vision and OCP. Community feedback was received in a variety of ways, including:
- a community forum on March 5 (150 in attendance)
- Ideabooks (30 responses)
- an online survey (250 responses)
- postcards to the future (520 responses)
- and social media comments.
A total of 1105 responses were received about vision-related content from Whistler2020 and from the 2011 draft OCP. The recent community engagement process builds on over 2,500 hours of community time in 2010-2011 to develop the OCP and on the detailed community planning that has occurred to date.
Phase Two Engagement
Municipal staff drafted Whistler's Community Vision and OCP, using a total of almost 3,000 hours of input received from the community, committees, partner organizations and council this year and since 2010.
Over 130 community members attended the second Whistler Community Vision and OCP Community Forum on June 25 to review, comment on and ask questions about Whistler's draft Community Vision and OCP. The evening included an informal drop-in to review posters, presentations and table discussions.
The draft Vision and OCP were available for public review online from June 25 to July 15, and a new interactive tool made it easy to submit feedback.