City sends OCP to consultant

Dan Huang, a principal and community planner with Urban Systems updated Parksville council on the re-launch of the official community plan (OCP) update process.

After a several month delay, council awarded the completion of the OCP to Urban Systems for $130,450 after the contract with a previous consultant was cancelled by mutual agreement after a key individual left.

Huang ensured council and the public that the existing OCP “has good bones” and that they have access to all the work done by the previous consultant and will be able to build on it.

For the next couple months they will focus on reviewing the work to date and regrouping before moving into a busy “real work” phase with lots of community engagement from the end of March through September with some key open houses in June.

After that they will move into a finalizing stage and hope to wrap it up by the end of the year.

The next chance for direct public input will be at a display table during the Sunday free skate at Oceanside Place on March 4 from noon to 4 p.m.

Watch for more on the city’s website at and on the city’s monthly page in The News.


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