City set to resume OCP talks

After several months of inactivity — and a civic election — the City of Parksville to revive
its public process

The public is invited to a presentation re-launching Parksville’s official community plan (OCP) update process at the next city council meeting.

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.

The OCP is considered the community’s highest level planning document and has a direct impact on future growth and development.

The city’s goal is to complete the review by the end of the year, which still means a tight timeline with many chances for public input including open houses, committee meetings, website postings and updates on the city’s monthly news page in The News.

Two public advisory committees have continued to meet throughout the process to provide valuable questions, input and direction. They have met a total of 18 times and have five more meetings scheduled by the summer.

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 information on the city’s website at www.parksville.ca/ocp.

The presentation to council will provide an update on the current process and what is planned for the coming months. It is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, February 6 in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre Forum.

 

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