Draft Official Community Plan Available for Public Feedback

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – The draft Official Community Plan (OCP) is available and the public is invited to provide feedback online and through upcoming in-person open house events.

The draft OCP has been shaped by a series of public engagement opportunities over the last 12-months, starting with the development of our community vision – Picture Sooke. This final phase of OCP engagement builds on these conversations and explores a range of topics specific to how our community grows, such as growth management, transportation and safety, greenhouse gas emission reductions, natural areas, community economic development, arts and culture, and recreation and community services.

“Sooke’s draft OCP is the culmination of community participation,” shares Katherine Lesyshen, Senior Planner with the District and Project Manager. “We are really looking forward to checking in with the community and asking if we heard you correctly – do you feel the policy direction and actions captured in this draft will effectively support Sooke’s vision of a small town, with a big heart?” Lesyshen adds.

The OCP provides a policy framework for Council to address issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, equity, and the natural environment. Reexamining the OCP allows us to update land uses, mapping and policies to reflect the community’s vision now and into the future.

Public feedback will help refine and finalize the plan which will then be presented into a bylaw early next year.

The public can provide input through online discussion forums at letstalk.sooke.ca/ocp – which will remain open until October 17th or participate at an upcoming open house.

Open House #1:

  • Date/time: Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Outdoors at John Phillips Memorial Park and a part of the Celebrate Sooke!
  • Note: Drop-in, anytime. No registration is required.

Open House #2:

  • Date/time: Thursday, October 7th, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Sooke Municipal Hall, Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Road
  • Note: Indoor event, registration required – register here or call 250.642.1634 to register.

Learn more and participate:

Contact:
Christina Moog, Communications Coordinator
250.642.1634, ext. 678
cmoog@sooke.ca

 

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