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Regional district to hold open house on Area D Official Community Plan review

Strathcona Regional District undergoing first OCP review since late 1990s
The Strathcona Regional District is undertaking an OCP review for Electoral Area D. Photo courtesy SRD

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is inviting Area D community members to get involved and share their feedback by attending an upcoming Official Community Plan review event.

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a principal planning document that provides guidance on the future growth and development of the community. It sets the long-term vision, providing goals and policies to guide decision making related to land use and development. The current OCP was adopted in 1996 and is being updated to reflect the needs and vision of the current community and address modern challenges.

In 2017, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) initiated a process to review and update the OCP for Electoral Area D, which includes lands and waters between Oyster Bay and Buttle Lake, including the Shelter Point and Stories Beach neighbourhoods south of Campbell River. The project team completed a comprehensive engagement process that included; public information meetings, community visioning round table meetings, community focus group meetings, a public hearing, and a referrals process to engage public agencies and First Nations.

Community involvement is key to ensure the OCP reflects the ideas and input of the people who live and work in Area ‘D’ and speaks to the unique context of local concerns.

“After hearing from the community that there is an interest in updating the 2017 draft OCP, we are consulting with residents to see what they would like changed,” said John Rice, Electoral Area D Director. “We want to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to give updated comments, and hopefully we’ll have a new OCP before the end of this year.”

On October 5, 2023 at the Oyster Bay Resort, residents can drop in between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. to have their say on the key topics addressed in an OCP:

1. Land use

2. Density and Housing

3. Services

4. Parks and Trails

5. Climate Change and Environment

6. Transportation and Transit

The goal of the event is to ensure that the community values and vision accurately reflects the current community.

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