Official Community Plan Update

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Please note that in light of COVID-19 related precautions, all in-person events relating to the OCP are currently paused.

The OCP is an important bylaw that describes the long-term vision of community development in Prince Rupert. It includes objectives and policies that guide decisions on planning and land use management as well as defining social, economic and environmental policies.

Our current OCP was adopted in 2007 and is now 13 years old. Much has happened since the current plan was adopted. Most notable is the recent attention and action in developing our port facilities. The unveiling of the Prince Rupert 2030 The Vision strategy (The 2030 Vision) concluded a significant and collaborative effort to develop a vision for how Prince Rupert would respond to, manage and benefit from the impending growth expected for our ports. This expected port growth is anticipated to see a four-fold increase in trade capacity and could result in a doubling of our population over the next ten years.

The 2030 Vision was developed in a two phase process over three years and its exciting aspirations will be discussed with you and help inform the revision of our OCP. This survey is the next step in revising the OCP and builds on the 2030 Vision process. It will provide you with the opportunity for you to share your views on aspects of the OCP and the 2030 Vision document.

The City also launched a second round of surveys aimed at better understanding public opinion regarding the policy topics of infrastructure, climate change + GHG emissions, food systems/food security, and social services. See below for links to the surveys, which are also being sent via mail to community households. This second round of surveys closed September 15th, 2020. As a small thank you we will be giving ten $50 gift cards to randomly selected people that submit completed questionnaires

In September we will be scheduling short meetings with anyone that wants to come and speak with the Mayor and Planner about the draft OCP. You can sign up for one of these by contacting Executive Assistant, Brianne Bunko at brianne.bunko@princerupert.ca to set up an appointment.

Thank you for your continued interest and participation in this project.

Please note that in light of COVID-19 related precautions, all in-person events relating to the OCP are currently paused.

The OCP is an important bylaw that describes the long-term vision of community development in Prince Rupert. It includes objectives and policies that guide decisions on planning and land use management as well as defining social, economic and environmental policies.

Our current OCP was adopted in 2007 and is now 13 years old. Much has happened since the current plan was adopted. Most notable is the recent attention and action in developing our port facilities. The unveiling of the Prince Rupert 2030 The Vision strategy (The 2030 Vision) concluded a significant and collaborative effort to develop a vision for how Prince Rupert would respond to, manage and benefit from the impending growth expected for our ports. This expected port growth is anticipated to see a four-fold increase in trade capacity and could result in a doubling of our population over the next ten years.

The 2030 Vision was developed in a two phase process over three years and its exciting aspirations will be discussed with you and help inform the revision of our OCP. This survey is the next step in revising the OCP and builds on the 2030 Vision process. It will provide you with the opportunity for you to share your views on aspects of the OCP and the 2030 Vision document.

The City also launched a second round of surveys aimed at better understanding public opinion regarding the policy topics of infrastructure, climate change + GHG emissions, food systems/food security, and social services. See below for links to the surveys, which are also being sent via mail to community households. This second round of surveys closed September 15th, 2020. As a small thank you we will be giving ten $50 gift cards to randomly selected people that submit completed questionnaires

In September we will be scheduling short meetings with anyone that wants to come and speak with the Mayor and Planner about the draft OCP. You can sign up for one of these by contacting Executive Assistant, Brianne Bunko at brianne.bunko@princerupert.ca to set up an appointment.

Thank you for your continued interest and participation in this project.

Have an itching question you'd like to ask about the City's Official Community Plan? Ask it here! But first, a bit of context about the purpose of a community's Official Community Plan. 

What is an Official Community Plan? 

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the long-term guiding document that lays out Council’s objectives for land use, as well as the form and character of development. In simple terms, an OCP shows the future vision of how a community will look, and the different types of activities allowed in each area, and guides all land use planning and development towards this vision. Furthermore, the OCP identifies land use designations and types of development that Council considers appropriate. 

It can also identify policies relating to social, cultural, environmental and infrastructure policy to help govern other aspects of municipal work. 

To access the City's Draft Official Community Plan, which has been provided for community feedback, click this link.

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