A bigger-picture land plan

Parksville's draft official community plan is unveiled to public through open houses

City of Parksville director of planning Blaine Russell speaks with a residents during an open house this week unveiling the city's draft official community plan.

Almost three years into the update process, a draft of Parksville’s Official Community Plan (OCP) was presented at open houses this week.

“The purpose today is to provide the public with an opportunity to look at the draft, to provide comment on that draft, and that comment can be utilized in reviewing the plan further to make preparations to bring forward the final OCP through the statutory process,” explained director of community planning Blaine Russell.

Russell was fielding questions during the first of two busy 2-7 p.m. open houses at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre Tuesday and Wednesday.

“The response has been quite informed,” he said of the line of people waiting at his land-use station, one of several different themes, with others focusing on open space, utilities and development permit areas.

He explained the main land-use change in the new document is the addition of “transitional residential lands” as buffers between higher density multi-unit residential zones and quieter single unit areas.

The OCP is a bylaw meant to set the community vision and values to guide bigger picture decision-making. It is a best-use guide that doesn’t set zoning, but is supposed to be a foundation for future policies and regulations on land use and development and clarify the primary goals and objectives of the community’s vision.

The lengthy update process has included work by two public advisory committees, open houses, workshops, surveys and a change in consultants working on the project.

While the ongoing work has been available to the public, this was the first public presentation of the completed draft which was accepted by council on Feb. 18.

The draft is available on the city’s website (www.city.parksville.bc.ca) and at the planning department counter in the PCTC (city hall). Feedback is invited until March 14 before it is forwarded to council for first reading, projected for the April 3 regular council meeting.

Following the Local Government Act, the updated OCP will then be considered in conjunction with the city’s financial plan and other relevant plans and policies.

From there it will be sent to another public hearing in early May with final adoption tentatively planned for June.

Just Posted

Parksville water project seeks new manager

City operations manager moving to new job with RDN

Workers evacuated due to gas smell in Parksville

Firefighters, Fortis unable to find source, and workers back to work

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

Qualicum Beach makes list of top places to visit in 2018

Expedia Canada surveyed 1,000 Canadians for the list

Lifestyle change key to keeping off pounds

Pharmasave Parksville aids UBC clinical study helping sufferers of Type 2 diabetes

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

UPDATE: Police continue to seek missing Qualicum Beach woman

Oceanside RCMP requesting public assistance in locating Carmel Georgina Gilmour

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Most Read