Official Community Plan

Survey topics for the strategic official community plan update include new housing forms in neighbourhoods, land uses along major roads and building walkable communities. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Strategic OCP update to use input from survey of Saanich residents

District asking residents to participate during initial consultation phase

 

Sooke Deputy Mayor Al Beddows will chair a special meeting on Tuesday, July 19, that will determine the future of the district’s official community plan. (Courtesy District of Sooke)

Sooke council has one final kick at the OCP can this term

July 19 meeting offers opportunity to make final amendments

 

Sooke council wants to take another look at the draft official community plan. (Courtesy - District of Sooke)

Sooke plans third meeting as council races to finalize OCP before election

OCP was placed in ‘high priority’ by council when elected in 2018

 

Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke council reviews draft OCP chapter by chapter

OCP blueprint for community development

Sooke district council is continuing its review of the official community plan. The OCP is expected to go to public hearing by this summer. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
A special Sidney council meeting scheduled to deal with the official community plan won’t take place as originally scheduled on April 28. Unfinished work by the municipality’s OCP advisory committee has pushed the council meeting to May 5. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Special council meeting for OCP pushed into May by Sidney

Despite delay, June remains target date completion, says town CAO

A special Sidney council meeting scheduled to deal with the official community plan won’t take place as originally scheduled on April 28. Unfinished work by the municipality’s OCP advisory committee has pushed the council meeting to May 5. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
The public will get a chance to offer more input on Sooke’s draft official community plan at a May 7 open house and later at a June 10 public hearing. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)

District of Sooke OCP passes first reading

Open house, public hearing set for this spring

The public will get a chance to offer more input on Sooke’s draft official community plan at a May 7 open house and later at a June 10 public hearing. (Courtesy of District of Sooke)
The formal engagement period for Sidney’s Official Community Plan update closed April 11. Following revisions, plans call for council adoption of the new document by late spring or early summer. (Black Press Media file photo)

Official Community Plan draft offers high-level view, roadmap: Sidney CAO

Sidney Community Association says it lacks detail in terms of implementation plan

The formal engagement period for Sidney’s Official Community Plan update closed April 11. Following revisions, plans call for council adoption of the new document by late spring or early summer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)
Sooke council continues to debate its draft official community plan. (Sooke News Mirror)
Save North Saanich, which organized a rally near the municipal hall last summer criticizing the municipality’s official community plan review process, is among 10 groups that will participate in the upcoming engagement phase. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)

North Saanich OCP engagement to feature 9 resident groups, one advisory group

Other consultations due to start in May include three open houses, online survey

Save North Saanich, which organized a rally near the municipal hall last summer criticizing the municipality’s official community plan review process, is among 10 groups that will participate in the upcoming engagement phase. (Photo courtesy of Paige Gibson)
The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke looks to have more in-person public input on community plan

Mayor says council connecting with residents important; spring open house on OCP proposed

The District of Sooke wants to do more public consultation before proceeding with its official community plan. Council requested staff to schedule an open house on the OCP for this spring. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr says council’s decision to go ahead with an OCP review that includes housing and affordability shows faith in the consultant and in future community engagements, likely unfolding in May and June. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)

Housing, affordability back in as North Saanich OCP review continues

Former mayor says majority of council members appear confused on issue

North Saanich Mayor Geoff Orr says council’s decision to go ahead with an OCP review that includes housing and affordability shows faith in the consultant and in future community engagements, likely unfolding in May and June. (Courtesy District of North Saanich)
The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke mayor seeks more public input on official community plan

Maja Tait willing to delay passage of planning document until after fall election

The District of Sooke is in the process of updating its official community plan. The document sets guidelines, policies, and expectations for community development. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
North Saanich council will consider a new motion by Coun. Patricia Pearson next week to move the Official Community Plan review forward after re-considering a previous motion to draft the OCP without housing and affordability. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)

Housing could return to North Saanich’s draft OCP

Motion to remove only most controversial housing topics to have further discussion next week

North Saanich council will consider a new motion by Coun. Patricia Pearson next week to move the Official Community Plan review forward after re-considering a previous motion to draft the OCP without housing and affordability. (Courtesy of Patricia Pearson)
Saanichton Village is one of the areas targeted for potential higher-density development under the draft official community plan being considered by Central Saanich. (Google Street View)

Public can view draft OCP in Central Saanich, take survey

Densification in village centres proposed; rural, agricultural areas protected

Saanichton Village is one of the areas targeted for potential higher-density development under the draft official community plan being considered by Central Saanich. (Google Street View)
North Saanich will start draft its new OCP without considering housing and affordability for now. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich pushes ahead with partial OCP draft by excluding housing

Mayor Geoff Orr says review hangs by thread in defending council’s handling of the OCP review

North Saanich will start draft its new OCP without considering housing and affordability for now. (Black Press Media file photo)
As Sidney aims to chart its course through its Official Community Plan now under review, the president of the Sidney Community Association questions whether the municipality is taking public engagement seriously. (Black Press Media file photo)

Sidney Community Association calls for more time for public review of OCP draft

Public engagement around draft expected to happen through March, possibly early April

As Sidney aims to chart its course through its Official Community Plan now under review, the president of the Sidney Community Association questions whether the municipality is taking public engagement seriously. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich will hold a special council meeting Jan. 31 to consider the future of the Official Community Plan review. (Black Press Media file photo)

Special council meeting to consider future of OCP review in North Saanich

Funding, engagement process among issues to be considered Jan. 31

North Saanich will hold a special council meeting Jan. 31 to consider the future of the Official Community Plan review. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Saanich Coun. Murray Weisenberger, seen here being sworn into office in 2014, said the best way to resolve the controversial official community plan review is to have all residents resolve the issue with their votes in the 2022 civic election. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich councillor says ballot box will settle OCP review controversy

But not all on district council agree with Murray Weisenberger’s contentions

North Saanich Coun. Murray Weisenberger, seen here being sworn into office in 2014, said the best way to resolve the controversial official community plan review is to have all residents resolve the issue with their votes in the 2022 civic election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Former North Saanich mayor Alice Finall says supporters of new housing in North Saanich, not opponents like herself, represent a small vocal minority. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich council’s decision to defer key OCP decisions praised by former mayor

Alice Finall also denies link between strategic density and higher affordability

Former North Saanich mayor Alice Finall says supporters of new housing in North Saanich, not opponents like herself, represent a small vocal minority. (Black Press Media file photo)
A report that is part of the OCP review process in North Saanich calls for the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, the intersection of McTavish and East Saanich roads and the nearby Panorama Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich council holds special meeting as district ponders future of OCP review

Issue has caused division in community, meeting set for Monday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.

A report that is part of the OCP review process in North Saanich calls for the creation of a village centre focused on the McTavish Interchange, the intersection of McTavish and East Saanich roads and the nearby Panorama Recreation Centre. (Black Press Media file photo)