An OCP delayed

Blame some of it on the economy, but the proliferation of property sales signs up around the City of Parksville also has got to have a little to do with the stalled official community plan process.

Blame some of it on the economy, but the proliferation of property sales signs up around the City of Parksville also has got to have a little to do with the stalled official community plan process.

The city’s review of its official community plan (OCP) began last year and it’s still not done. And it probably won’t be until 2012.

Not to rub it in, but the Town of Qualicum Beach got theirs done in a much shorter period of time — after starting around the same time as the city did.

It might be unfair to compare the two, but in one respect, Qualicum Beach’s councillors can be judged on their OCP performance come November.

Parksville city councillors will avoid that hornets’ nest by not having their OCP completed until next spring. No chance for the electorate to judge them on it, if they survive the election and pass an OCP in the spring.

In many ways, the OCP sets the tone for growth — or lack of it — in a community. Once complete, it gives residents and builders the chance to see the community’s overall vision for the future — what’s needed and what is not wanted at all. Without the OCP complete, there’s too much uncertainty afoot.

The current municipal council might be working to a certain vision, but a new council after November of this year might change all that.

More uncertainty, then. And a fair share of ‘for sale’ signs on both residential and commercial properties.

There are two sides to this: one, the city stagnates and stays as-is, to the frustration of would-be developers. Two, the city stays as-is, much to the delight of people who fear change.

To reach a balance and find compromise, the city is going to have to rely on their public OCP committees to weather the storm between the current council and the next one.

Blame some of it on the economy, but the proliferation of property sales signs up around the City of Parksville also has got to have a little to do with the stalled official community plan process.

The city’s review of its official community plan (OCP) began last year and it’s still not done. And it probably won’t be until 2012.

Not to rub it in, but the Town of Qualicum Beach got theirs done in a much shorter period of time — after starting around the same time as the city did.

It might be unfair to compare the two, but in one respect, Qualicum Beach’s councillors can be judged on their OCP performance come November.

Parksville city councillors will avoid that hornets’ nest by not having their OCP completed until next spring. No chance for the electorate to judge them on it, if they survive the election and pass an OCP in the spring.

In many ways, the OCP sets the tone for growth — or lack of it — in a community. Once complete, it gives residents and builders the chance to see the community’s overall vision for the future — what’s needed and what is not wanted at all. Without the OCP complete, there’s too much uncertainty afoot.

The current municipal council might be working to a certain vision, but a new council after November of this year might change all that.

More uncertainty, then. And a fair share of ‘for sale’ signs on both residential and commercial properties.

There are two sides to this: one, the city stagnates and stays as-is, to the frustration of would-be developers. Two, the city stays as-is, much to the delight of people who fear change.

To reach a balance and find compromise, the city is going to have to rely on their public OCP committees to weather the storm between the current council and the next one.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Port Alberni man arrested after police seize suspected illicit drugs in Nanoose Bay

Car stopped, impounded after driver clocked travelling at more than twice the posted speed limit

Residents speak out against proposed Parksville affordable housing development

Environment a primary concern; land is largely on a 200-year-old floodplain away from city centre

‘Epic sky palace’: Parksville businesses grant wish for young boy recovering from cancer

Eleven-year-old Kai Hennessey receives treehouse of his dreams

PQB crime report: RCMP on hunt for prowler, counterfeiters, car thieves

Police received 203 complaints the week of Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

Four things ‘not’ to do if you run into Prince Harry and Meghan in B.C.

Here is a list of some things you definitely should NOT do, according to the BBC

B.C.-based Coulson Aviation C-130 crashes in Australia

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

New nasal spray launched in Canada to combat hypoglycemic shock in diabetics

Baqsimi is a nasal spray contains three milligrams of glucagon

Rainfall warning issued for east Vancouver Island

Warning issued for area from Nanoose Bay to Campbell River

B.C. RCMP spent roughly $750K on massive manhunt for Port Alberni men

Manitoba RCMP helped with 17-day search through the province’s northern terrain

Future space homes could be made of mushrooms

NASA explores use of fungi to build structures in space

Island Bakery in Cobble Hill to close

Cobble Hill store in business since 1982

Man killed by police in Lytton called 911, asking to be shot: RCMP

Howard Schantz, also known as Barry Schantz was killed following a standoff at his Lytton home

Most Read