The Official Community Plan policy options review has been extended into a fourth meeting on Feb. 7 at the Qualicum Beach town hall. — NEWS file photo

Qualicum Beach extends OCP review to fourth meeting

Council has spent nine hours on issue through three sessions

After a little more than three hours of discussions on policy options for the Official Community Plan review, Qualicum Beach town council has extended talks into a fourth meeting.

The fourth meeting to discuss the final recommendations is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. in the council chambers (660 Primrose St.).

The first meeting on Dec. 14, 2017, took three-and-a-half hours. The committee of the whole decided to end the inital meeting after three hours with a follow-up meeting on Jan. 17, 2018 and a third meeting to be scheduled on Jan. 24 if the second meeting were to exceed three hours.

Of the more than 70 recommendations, the committee of the whole had made it through to the 60th motion by the end of the third meeting, held on Jan. 24.

RELATED: OCP review divides council on town growth

The first meeting covered recommendations on housing and residential development within the town.

The second meeting covered recommendations on where development should occur, such as west or south Qualicum Beach (west of Grandon Creek or south in the Pheasant Glen area); how the town should deal with Agricultural Land Reserve; and whether there should be residential growth around the airport.

The second meeting also covered recommendations on parks, recreation and culture.

The third meeting covered recommendations on the waterfront, Qualicum Commons, demographic diversity, tourism, health and the environment.

For more information on the OCP process, visit www.qualicumbeach.com/ocp.

— NEWS Staff

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