Electoral Area "F" - OCP Review (West Bench / Faulder / Meadow Valley)
Community engagement opportunities will be posted here as soon as they are scheduled. For further information please refer back to this site, or the RDOS’s Facebook site,
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) recently launched a project to review and update the Okanagan Lake West / West Bench Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area “F”.
The existing OCP for Area “F” was developed in 2008, but based largely on a Rural Land Use Plan (RLUB) that was adopted for the Plan Area in 1988 and last updated in 1997. No substantive policy review took place in 2008, nor did the OCP process include a broad community engagement component.
What is in an Official Community Plan?
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a planning document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including land-use, transportation, housing, parks and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, such as commercial/retail, residential, park, and industrial. OCPs are developed through public consultation and the objectives and policy statements within them reflect the collective desires of the people within the planning area.
Effectively, OCPs provide a blueprint and map for a community’s future. They are created to guide decisions on planning and land use management by establishing a long-term vision, supporting goals and objectives, and policies to achieve them.
How will it happen?
The OCP update will be a community-driven process. RDOS is looking to engage broadly with residents, property owners and other stakeholders. We have also brought in an experienced consultant team to help support our staff with this project.
Work started on our project in February and we expect to complete it by winter 2017. The timeline outlines major project components and expected timing.
Advisory Group meetings are open to the public. Dates and locations of meetings will be published here as they are set.
Minutes of Advisory Group meetings
Meeting minutes will be added here following Advisory Group meetings.
Background Report and Studies
Background reports are other information is posted here for your information. For additional information, please contact the RDOS.
Current Land Use Bylaws
Climate Action Plan
Regional Growth Strategy
January 12, 2017 - Information Release
Residents of Electoral Area “F”, in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, are invited to participate on an Official Community Plan (OCP) Citizen’s Committee. Electoral Area “F” is situated on the west and partially on the east side of Summerland and incudes areas in and around West Bench, Sage Mesa, Faulder, Greata Ranch, North Beach, Darke Lake and Eneas Lakes Provincial Parks and Meadow Valley.
“We are looking for a broad range of community members to provide insight, vision, enthusiasm and commitment to this process”, states Electoral Area “F” Director, Michael Brydon. “It is a great opportunity for residents to help shape the future direction of their community”. It is expected that it will take about two years to complete this project with ample opportunities for public consultation.
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a provincially mandated, legal document containing objectives and policies to guide local government decisions on planning and land use management. It establishes land use designations, environmental, social and economic policy directions to support the plan’s larger objectives. It describes the long term vision for the community and includes policies on such things as housing, commercial, industrial and institutional use, agriculture, recreation, transportation, infrastructure, and environmental protection.
A Rural Land Use Plan (RLUB) was adopted for Area “F” in 1988 with a review and update completed in 1997. In 2008 the RLUB was re-formatted; however, there were no substantive changes done at that time. The OCP for Electoral Area “F” is certainly ready for a review and update!
Anyone interested in helping to shape their community and help set strategic direction for the entire electoral area is encouraged to apply.
Application forms are available on the RDOS website (www.rdos.bc.ca) and hard copies are available at the RDOS office, 101 Martine Street, Penticton.
For more information, please contact Evelyn Riechert, Planner, at 250-492-0237.