Qualicum Beach council schedules fifth OCP meeting

Next meeting planned for Feb. 15

The Town of Qualicum Beach’s Official Community Plan feedback review discussions will continue for another meeting.

The committee of the whole scheduled a fifth meeting for the OCP summary and validation of public feedback on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. in the council chambers.

At Wednesday’s (Feb. 7) meeting, council made it through about a dozen motions in just under three hours. The first few motions covered green building policies and principles, water supply and rainwater management and agricultural sustainability. The motions then moved to discussions on transportation, transit and parking.

The final motion discussed was on governance, with a recommendation to include a policy in the OCP for certain values such as ensuring the quality and quantity of water, protecting/restoring the natural environment, strengthening the local economy, facilitating/encouraging affordable housing and removing any barriers to demographic diversity.

Coun. Barry Avis said he felt there weren’t any barriers toward demographic diversity within the Town of Qualicum Beach.

Coun. Anne Skipsey said the demographic diversity has more to do with messaging.

“I think sometimes, whether Qualicum Beach is or isn’t, there’s a perception out there and I think that it (demographic diversity) gives the message that it’s a welcoming community,” Skipsey said.

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