Electoral Area "F" - OCP Review (West Bench / Faulder / Meadow Valley)
YOUR HOME. YOUR FUTURE. YOUR PLAN
Community Survey Round 3 is now available! (link) This link will take you to the survey and direct to the survey for the area you live in.
Round 2 survey results: a summary of the responses received for the Round 2 Community Survey is available here: (link)
Director Brydon has produced a video summarizing describing the (surprising) results from the Round 2 Community Survey. This video is mostly based on the community meeting held at the West Bench School in November and is available here: (link)
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,
Round 1 Community Survey Report: linked here
February 13, 2018
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 spring 2018. 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.
Background Report and Studies
The Area "F" Technical Background Report is now available. The purpose of this report is to provide technical studies to inform the update of the Area "F" OCP. There are four technical studies included:
- Geological Hazards Summary
- Infrastructure Review
- Groundwater Study
- Fire Risk Review
There is also a section that looks at the influences of climate action change within Area "F"
Area "F" OCP Update - Technical Background Report: Link
Area "F" OCP Update - Community Report: Link
Current Land Use Bylaws
Climate Action Plan
Regional Growth Strategy