The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has launched a process to update the Official Community Plan (OCP) for the South Cariboo Area. The existing Plan was adopted in 1996 and many changes have taken place over the past 20 years. This guiding document will be updated to align community values, aspirations and perspectives for growth within the South Cariboo Area. Some of the issues the updated OCP will address include economic development, agriculture policy, shoreland management practices, environmental protection and climate change.
To see the area the South Cariboo OCP covers, click the following link:
The CRD has received some great comments about important community issues facing the South Cariboo Area. There is now a Draft Official Community Plan available on the right hand side of this page (Schedule L & M are under revision). Sections of the OCP have been reviewed with the Advisory Committee and CRD Staff throughout the fall and winter. The Draft OCP was presented to the community at Open Houses on March 6-8, 2017.
You can also read our fifth Community Newsletter, which was released in February. It is also available on the right hand side of this page.
A final survey is now available for comments and feedback on the draft OCP. Fill it out and be entered to win two lawn chairs and a cooler bag! To complete the survey, click the photo above that says South Cariboo Survey or visit the South Cariboo CRD office to pick up a paper copy. The draw will be held once the survey closes March 31, 2017.
South-Cariboo-Area-Ocp-Update Frequently Asked Questions
In September 2015, The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) launched a project to update the South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan (OCP).
What’s an OCP?
An OCP is a regulatory document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including the environment, housing, parks and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, like commercial/retail uses, residential areas, and parks and establish policy for land use and development in general. They are one of the most important planning documents for a community.
Why are we doing it?
Originally adopted in 1996, the OCP needs updating to better reflect current community issues and priorities.
What’s the process?
OCP updates are community-driven processes. Throughout the OCP review, the CRD has been engaging with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders. A volunteer Advisory Group of area residents, business owners and Electoral Area Directors has been set up to help review materials and provide input on the Draft OCP.
The first Open House was held in February 2016. It presented the findings from the Background Report and solicited input from community members about the South Cariboo region. In August, the Project Team attended the Garlic Festival in Lac La Hache looking for more input on topics related to protecting and preserving the health of the natural environment.
The final Open House is the last stage in the community engagement process. The Draft OCP was developed based on what was heard from the community – did we get it right?
The community members can review the Draft OCP and provide comments and feedback at the open houses and through an online survey. Please return or submit your survey before March 31, 2017.
Final revisions will be made following the close of the survey and community input. After the formal referral process, public hearings will take place and the OCP will go to the CRD Board for adoption.
How to be involved?
As the project moves forward, the website will be updated to reflect our progress so you can use it as your home base to be informed, stay connected and get involved!
The South Cariboo Area OCP Advisory Committee is open to all residents and everyone is welcome to participate. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, would like more information about this Committee or have any other questions/concerns, please contact the CRD’s Development Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-392-3351 (toll free: 1-800-665-1636). Make sure to follow the CRD Facebook page at facebook.com/caribooregion for other important community updates!
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