District launches new website to receive public input on Official Community Plan Review

Tuesday, February 2, 2021picturesooke.ca helps residents join the conversation.

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has many engaging with technology differently. A new website, picturesooke.ca, invites residents to share their ideas for the future of Sooke, assisting with the development of a new Official Community Plan (OCP).

What matters to you? What community assets and amenities do you cherish in Sooke? How can land use and development be enhanced in our community? These are questions the District has for the community. Through picturesooke.ca you can share your ideas, anytime.

Features of the new site

  • Modern, easy-to-read design
  • Subscribe for updates – opt-in to be among the first to be notified of new project information and engagement opportunities
  • Comment submission – share your ideas, anytime!
  • View resident comments – read what other residents have said, check back as new resident comments are shared
  • Photos of your participation – see student drawings and photos of residents highlighting why this is important to them to participate in Picture Sooke
  • Opportunity to WIN pizza? You’ll need to visit the site to learn more.
  • Coming March 5th! Provide input on growth scenarios

Your voice has an impact

The OCP is a critical document for District planning. It will guide the land use and development of Sooke over the next 10 years.

Land use and development impacts many aspects of daily life from the types of housing available, how we get around the community, and what amenities are available to enjoy.

What other opportunities will there be to participate?

In addition to an open opportunity to contribute ideas, from March 5th to April 2nd, the District will be seeking input on Growth Scenarios.

The community visioning that took place in the fall, and saw over 500 residents participate, is being combined with scientific data on growth trends. Through this, three growth scenarios will be shared with the community. Residents and businesses will be able to comment on their likes and dislikes of each scenario.

Growth scenario input will be received online at picturesooke.ca or sooke.ca/ocp, through a print survey that will be distributed via the Sooke News Mirror on March 10th, and through sounding boards which will be available throughout the community during the March 5th to April 2nd engagement period.

In addition to your active participation in providing input, please be sure to tell your neighbours about Picture Sooke and the OCP review – share with your networks through email and social media.

For more information and to picture Sooke with us, visit picturesooke.ca.


Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator
District of Sooke
Tel: 250.642.1634, ext. 678
e: cmoog@sooke.ca