North Cowichan Seeks Input on Community Growth for New OCP

(North Cowichan, BC) – The next phase in North Cowichan’s update of the Official Community Plan (OCP) is to develop a land use plan with policies that will guide growth management and land use decisions for the next 20 years. Three growth scenarios have been developed to provide distinct options for how North Cowichan may grow in the future.  These scenarios are not “final”, they seek to outline different strategies around the growth management issue; the final product may well be a blend of these various options.  To that end, input from residents on these options and the various perspectives on future growth will be gauged by way of an online survey that will be used to prepare a land use plan and growth management policies for the updated OCP. 

The OCP project started in 2019 and has engaged the community at various steps of the multi-phase project. This round of engagement builds on the draft OCP Vision and Goals that were established from community input gathered last fall. To help residents participate to the fullest extent, a webinar will be hosted on Thursday, May 20, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. to share more information and to answer questions. A recording of the webinar will be available on the Municipality’s website for those unable to attend.

“The conversation around future growth is a critical step in the development of a new Official Community Plan,” said Mayor Al Siebring. “We are essentially asking the question - how do you envision North Cowichan growing over the next 20 years? The outcomes from this engagement will help build land use policies in the OCP, which is one of the most powerful tools we have to shape the future of our community at the local level, and we want as much public input as possible to get it right.” 

Residents are encouraged to participate in the May 20 webinar, and should reserve their spot in advance by visiting www.northcowichan.ca/OCP. The online survey, open to all residents, will be available soon! Stay up-to-date, and learn more, including background info and project details, at www.northcowichan.ca/OCP.

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Media Contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan
T 250.746.3117
E mayor@northcowichan.ca