Courtenay’s Official Community Plan is getting its most significant update in 14 years. 

Now the city wants your input.

It’s looking for anyone interested in joining its OCP advisory committee.

On top of overall community engagement, the committee will review and make recommendations on a range of topics including: 

  • Land use, 
  • growth management, 
  • design of the built environment, 
  • protection of the natural environment, 
  • climate change, 
  • transportation and mobility, 
  • economic development, 
  • infrastructure, and 
  • housing needs. 

The city is looking for advisory committee members who can provide guidance on long-term planning principles, policy development, and ideas for partnership.

The upcoming review is expected to carry the community forward over the next 20 years. 

Council has directed that the updated OCP consider climate change mitigation and adaptation at all stages of its development.

The project is expected to continue over roughly 16 months beginning this fall, with a goal for council to consider the plan for adoption by early 2021. 

The city says that public consultation will form an important part of the process, starting in early 2020.

Information on the OCP update and how to apply for the committee is available at: www.courtenay.ca/OCPupdate

Applications will be accepted until Oct. 6th.

“The city routinely works with a range of organizations who represent the various voices of the community and we look forward to working with individuals and organizations on this dynamic committee,” said director of development services Ian Buck. 

“However, being part of an existing organization is not required. Anyone who has expertise to offer in advancing a wide range of community solutions is encouraged to put their name forward to sit on the OCP Advisory Committee.”

Buck added that “while this committee will be limited to 12 members, there will be plenty of other opportunities to get involved.”

Successful candidates will be appointed by council. The first committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1. 

Subsequent meetings will be established by mutual agreement.