Input sought for two rural area OCP proposals

Two new Official Community Plans are being created to help guide land-use planning decisions in rural areas of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

  • Feb. 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Two new Official Community Plans are being created to help guide land-use planning decisions in rural areas of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

One OCP will take in the Trepanier and Brent Road areas of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

The second will be developed for lands along the South Slopes of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area including June Springs Estates, south Lakeshore Road and portions of Myra-Bellevue and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Parks.

“An Official Community Plan is a bylaw consisting of a series of policies that provide a framework for making land use decisions within a specified area,” said Bruce Smith, CORD spokesperson.

“These are based on the community’s vision and help guide future growth and orderly land development and infrastructure.

“OCPs are used by staff, stakeholders, developers, residents and the regional board in evaluating proposed land use changes and ensures that all development conforms to the relevant polices of the Official Community Plan.”

Regional district development services staff is working with HB Lanarc consultants to involve residents in each of the areas, as well as stakeholders with an interest in the creation of the OCPs, said Smith.

“As these areas are rural in character, we’re planning a more direct approach by involving residents and others through one-on-one meetings, direct information mailings and website updates,” he said.

“In fact, the first newsletters and survey have just been sent out. As the OCP process moves along through spring and summer, more formal open houses will be held to share information and receive comments and input in order to guide the creation of the draft Official Community Plans.”

The first of the Open Houses are planned for early April.

Later this year, it’s anticipated the regional board will be asked to consider first reading of Official Community Plan bylaws for each area.

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