Last chance for input into Victoria’s Official Community Plan

Public hearing offers final airing of public concerns with document

Residents of Victoria have one last opportunity this week to give input into the city’s draft Official Community Plan.

On Wednesday (June 27) at 7:30 p.m., the city hosts a public hearing where people can offer city councillors their thoughts on the 262-page document.

The Official Community Plan guides land-use decisions and other city priorities. Once passed, it will replace the city’s previous OCP, put in place in 1995.

The new draft plan prioritizes everything from growing neighbourhood villages into more complete commercial centres to building walkable communities. It also includes such concepts as climate change and food systems, which were not on the mainstream radar 17 years ago.

The city launched the OCP project in January 2010, with a goal to adopt the new plan in one year. Since then, the deadline for adoption has been pushed back several times, in part due to a huge amount of feedback from residents.

Between April and June of 2011, city staff gathered feedback from more than 6,000 people at 57 events.

The public hearing takes place at city hall, 1 Centennial Sq. For more information, go to shapeyourfuturevictoria.ca.

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