Page updated January 19, 2021
Official Community Plan (OCP) Review
Welcome to Picture Sooke – the largest and most important planning process currently being undertaken by the District of Sooke. Picture Sooke is an Official Community Plan (OCP) update. An OCP is the most important tool in the municipality’s policy toolkit influencing the way a community grows and develops. An OCP contains policies that dictate the way land is used and developed, including for homes, shops, offices, industry, public institutions, and more. For this reason, it is important residents and businesses participate in the document development.
- Building a baseline: June to October 2020. See BACKGROUND RESEARCH REPORT
- Vision & Growth Scenarios: October 2020 to March 2021. The visioning phase of public input closed on November 6, 2020, and was followed with agency stakeholders workshops to best ensure a holistic view of perspectives inform the Official Community Plan. View the INTERIM ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY. Growth Scenarios will be presented to the public from February 26, 2021 to March 26, 2021, please check back or subscribe and be notified.
- DRAFT OCP: April 2021 to August 2021
- Final Bylaw Revisions and Approval: August 2021 to December 2021
Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers)
An OCP is a guiding document for land use and development in a community. It informs municipal policies, plans, and regulations.
An OCP review provides an opportunity to ensure that the goals and objectives which were set out in the OCP are still important to the community and allows for them to be updated appropriately.
All municipal policies, plans, and regulations must be in alignment with the OCP Bylaw, making it a powerful guide for District decision-making. The OCP steers the path forward for the community.
In fall 2020 residents shared their vision for the community. Emerging themes from this public consultation include:
- the value of the natural landscape;
- the importance of developing;
- the local economy;
- the need for housing options;
- the concern for vehicular traffic congestion;
- the need for safe cycling and pedestrian connections;
- the desire to age in place;
- the interest in a renewed relationship with the waterfront and;
- the need to develop the OCP through the lenses of compassion and climate action.
Next, we will be looking at growth scenarios. Please subscribe to our electronic mailing lists to be notified of the engagement opportunities.
Have further questions or comments? Let’s connect at email@example.com
|Thursday, February 25, 2021||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Thursday, January 28, 2021||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email email@example.com.|
|Thursday, December 17, 2020||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Agenda
New Business/Supplemental Agenda
|Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Wednesday, November 25, 2020||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Posted once approved||Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email email@example.com.|
|Thursday, October 22, 2020
||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Wednesday, September 30, 2020||10:00 a.m.||Electronic Meeting||Meeting open to the public. To attend the meeting, please email email@example.com.|
Public Input Opportunities
Please click here to subscribe to the OCP Mailing List to be added to the electronic mailing list to receive updates, delivered to your inbox. In addition to public meetings, residents can participate in surveys (our next survey on growth scenarios will be available on February 26th); participate in sounding boards (February 26th to March 25th) and/or; share comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s next with the OCP review?
We’ll be exploring growth scenarios:
- three scenarios for the growth of Sooke over the next ten years using emerging themes heard in fall 2020 and scientific data on current growth trends will be shared
- we want to know what you like and do not like about each scenario.
- from February 26 to March 25, 2021 share your likes/dislikes on the presented growth scenarios online and through pop-up sounding boards throughout the community (specific locations: tbd)
How else can I be involved?
- Please spread the word! Tell your neighbours and encourage them to visit sooke.ca/ocp to be a part of having your say and Picture Sooke with us. Invite your neighbours and contacts to subscribe to our electronic mailing lists.
- Share general comments on the OCP by email to email@example.com
What has been done?
- To ensure a holistic representation of community perspectives inform the Official Community Plan, Agency Stakeholder Workshops were conducted November 6, 2020 to November 26, 2020 – see INTERIM ENGAGEMENT SUMMARY
- Community Visioning Sounding Boards were displayed in several locations throughout the community October 27, 2020 to November 5, 2020. Residents participating in dot voting and shared comments through post-it notes on the boards. Special thanks to the local business who displayed sounding boards, including:
- Virtual Ideas Fair (Community Visioning) Public Survey ran from October 9, 2020 to November 6, 2020.
- A stakeholder workshop with the Advisory Committee, who is made up of community representatives: September 30, 2020
- Interviews were conducted with stakeholder groups: July-September 2020
- Workshop conducted with COuncil: July 2020
- Official Community Plan Bylaw (Bylaw 400)
- OCP Frequently Ask Questions
- Community Sounding Boards: Call for participation from the business community.
- Land Information Map
- Background Research Report (Completed October 2020)
- Interim Engagement Summary (December 2020)
On July 27, Mayor Tait announced the advisory committee. In announcing the committee, the District recognizes the remarkable contribution members are making to the community and in advance of additional opportunities thanks all who have and will be participating in this collaborative process. The committee (in alphabetical order) is:
- Norman Amirault: Career firefighter with the Department of National Defence; former elected councillor with the town of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, where he also chaired the Public Works Dept. and served on the planning commission; former owner/operator of Belvista Retreat B&B in Sooke.
- Terry Cristall: Former CEO of Number Ten Architectural Group with offices in Winnipeg & Victoria; extensive CV includes dozens of commercial, residential and institutional projects topped by the Winnipeg Convention Centre expansion; current board member with Harmony Project Sooke and trailblazing collaborator with the District and the JDF Community Trails Society for three new signed public pathways now in the works.
- Steve Grundy: Newly retired as VP Academic and Provost at Royal Roads University while remaining a professor in its School of Environment & Sustainability; served with Sooke’s Economic Development Commission; ex-board member with the Sooke Chamber of Commerce; ex-chair of the Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee; Saseenos resident and mountain biking enthusiast.
- Ellen Lewers: Local force of nature and super-engaged citizen who served on Sooke’s two previous OCP Steering Committees, chairing the 2008-10 edition; member of Sooke’s Board of Variance since its foundation in the early ’00s; former president of the Sooke Fall Fair; founding board member with Sooke Region Food CHI; owner/operator/grower-in-chief at Mrs. Lewers’ Farmhouse, among much else.
- Linda MacMillan: Another much-respected #Sooke mover/shaker dating back to when she supervised the Sooke Cooperative Preschool in the 1980s; former board member with EMCS Society, Sooke Family Resource Society, Sooke Fine Arts Society, Sooke Philharmonic Orchestra, the Classical Boating Society and the Chamber of Commerce; and Remax realtor (1992-2018) who shared an untold number of listings around town with her husband Bruce (who himself was on the 2001 OCP committee).
- Siomonn Pulla: Academic and specialist in Indigenous rights, governance and language revitalization; Associate Professor with the Doctor of Social Sciences program at Royal Roads; former senior research associate with the Conference Board of Canada; family man with three young children living in the town centre.
- Helen Ritts: Marketing and communications professional with Local Practice Architecture who telecommutes from Sooke while focusing on sustainable buildings and infrastructure for such clients as Metro Vancouver, the CRD, the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University; former Marketing Director with Bing Thom Architects in Vancouver; smart growth champion for the town centre.
Councillor Al Beddows will be council’s non-voting appointee. Mayor Maja Tait will participate as is her ex-offico right with all District committees and commissions. Sooke’s Senior Planner Katherine Lesyshen and the DIALOG consultancy team led by Jennifer Fix will work closely with all of the above. Also part of the team are specialists with Sustainability Solutions Group, Colliers International, WATT Consulting Group and, for the critical mapping sections of the OCP, Licker Geospatial Consulting.
In the News
- Sooke’s OCP update begins with survey: Municipality seeks resident’ input – published October 11, 2020 in Sooke News Mirror