The OCP Project

OCP Project Update

April 20, 2020: At the end of February 2020, staff from North Cowichan welcomed members of the MODUS team to Municipal Hall to kick-off Phase 2 of the OCP review project. This included a tour of our community, a number of internal meetings, and an interactive consultation event with the OCP volunteers led by MODUS. The next meeting was scheduled for mid-March, MODUS was to return to North Cowichan and meet with Council, internal staff, and the OCP volunteers.  Given the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, these meetings were cancelled.  On March 18, 2020 Council made the decision to pause all public engagement for 90 days to refocus efforts on essential services critical to the health and safety of the community.  Since the end of March, the Municipality has been phasing–in non-essential services.  On April 15, 2020, at its first electronic Special Council Meeting, Council decided to reconsider this pause, and directed staff to liaise with the OCP consultants to explore ways to resume engagement digitally in a safe and fulsome way.  We will be working hard to determine how best to facilitate this, and the OCP volunteers will be involved in that process. 

We are also proceeding with the gap analysis portion of this project.  This task includes a lot of background research to be done by the consultant, and we are currently gathering data requested by MODUS to help facilitate this work.

We will be sure to keep you updated on this project! For more information be sure to like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/northcowichan.

Visit www.northcowichan.ca/COVID19 for updates on how North Cowichan is responding to COVID-19.

MODUS Awarded Contract for Phases II and III

February 18, 2020: The Municipality of North Cowichan has awarded a
contract for the Official Community Plan (OCP) project to Vancouver-based MODUS
Planning, Design & Engagement. Five submissions were received in response
to the request for proposals issued in late October. MODUS submitted the
top-scoring proposal, demonstrating a sound project approach coupled with a
qualified and experienced team. 

Over the next 14 months, MODUS will be responsible for developing a
community vision, mapping local character, and developing a draft updated
OCP.  Following consultation with the community, North Cowichan Council
will then consider adoption of the updated OCP.

Meet YOUR OCP Volunteers!

In October, Council announced selection the OCP Volunteers. Thanks to everyone who applied! The OCP Volunteer groups were created by the Council endorsement of the OCP Engagement Strategy [PDF - 1 MB].

An OCP Advisory Group: volunteer residents with experience in key sectors to provide advice to the OCP Project Steering Committee through all phases of the community planning process. Check out more about this group in the terms of reference [PDF - 77 KB]. Council appointed the following individuals to sit on the OCP Advisory Group:

Bernie Jones Cam Campbell Caitlin Kenny
Chris Crowther Dave Messier Hajo Meijer
Mona Kaiser Nick Neisingh Rupert Koyote
Sandra McPherson Shannon Waters Terri Mattin
Tim Openshaw    

Community Ambassador Teams: volunteer community residents who represent the various unique geographies within North Cowichan, and who provide community-specific information to OCP policies and review draft OCP directions and policies for community impact and relevance.Council appointed the following individuals to be Community Ambassadors: 

Bell McKinnon: David Darwin, Dave Jackson, and Matthew Huotari
Berkey’s Corner: Andrew Wilson, John Scull 
Crofton: Carol Donelly, Laura Funk, and Marita Judson
Chemainus: Ken Brown, Tom Andrews, Christina Godbolt
South End Centre: Area Cindy Lise (more to come)
Maple Bay: Sheila Kitson, Ann M. Murray, Wendy McPherson
Quamichan: Douglas Hume, Sarah Nelles
Rural: Nancy Dower, Carreen Unguran

The OCP Volunteers kicked things off with an orientation day on October 5th at Providence Farm. The groups got to know each other and the project and provided direction to the project team on important project objectives we need to meet in order to successfully develop a vision for the next 20 years!

Background

Council's 2019-2022 Strategic Plan committed to "rewrite the Official Community Plan, forming the basis for local area plans throughout the community (e.g. Quamichan area, Berkey’s Corner area, and Maple Bay Village)." 

The OCP Project is a big process: it involves confirming the community's 20-year vision, undertaking significant technical work, such as a Master Transportation Plan and demographic projects, and planning work with community organizations. 

We want the plan to be driven by the community. Here is how you can stay informed and get involved:

  • Sign up for our "Official Community Plan Project" newsletter
  • Connect with the OCP Project on PlaceSpeak where various surveys and discussions will take place (note: you will need to sign into your PlaceSpeak account or register)
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NorthCowichan)

For general information about Official Community Plans please take a look at the FAQs on OCPs here.  

What is an OCP?

Council participated in a staff-led workshop on May 15, 2019 to understand what an OCP is, what makes a great one, and to receive an overview of the current Official Community Plan. A copy of the presentation can be found here.