On May 25 the District of Oak Bay hosted an official community plan open house, marking the launch of the OCP renewal process.
I was very pleased with the level of positive discourse. The comments and well-considered suggestions reflected the energy and interest of residents and the immeasurable value of their input to this process.
The official community plan advisory committee has, from its inception, acknowledged the critical importance of community engagement in the development of the OCP. It is, after all, a plan that will touch the lives of all our residents. That’s why the process has been structured to be as broad-based as possible, allowing frequent and varied opportunities for input from our residents.
The May 25 event was only an initial part of a carefully considered and extensive public consultation process. It was the first of two open house sessions, the second of which is scheduled for tonight (June 4). The committee has also planned community workshops and a public survey, and has invited online written submissions.
I am proud to be a part of this exercise in citizen-driven planning and I speak for the entire committee when I say we appreciate the ongoing, positive and constructive input by Oak Bay residents to the process.
For up-to-date information on the OCP renewal, visit the municipal website at oakbay.ca. Any questions can be relayed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning the municipal hall at 250-598-3311.
Coun. Pam Copley
chair, OCP project advisory committee