- What is an Official Community Plan?
- Why Review the OCP Now?
- The Importance of Community Involvement
- The OCP Steering Committee
- Port Hardy Hot Topics
What is an Official Community Plan?
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a “vision” and key policies developed by the community to manage the social, economic, environmental and physical future of an area by guiding land use, development and transportation activities. An OCP states the goals and policies of the community on issues such as housing, transportation, parks, green space and community facilities. The OCP also describes how policies will be used.
Why Review the OCP Now?
An OCP is usually reviewed every 5 years. The current Port Hardy OCP was adopted in 1999 and the current review has been undertaken for the following reasons:
- To confirm and improve the policy direction found in the current OCP;
- To highlight new policy not included in the current OCP;
- To provide opportunity for the community to discuss issues of interest.
A newly revised OCP will preserve what is most important to the community while at the same time addressing the issues of today allowing for the community to come together and set a path for the future.
The Importance of Community Involvement
The OCP reflects the ideas and input of the people who live and work in Port Hardy. It is developed through community involvement and speaks to local concerns.
There will be many opportunities for local residents to be involved in the OCP process over the next few months. There will be public input sessions that will be made available in early 2011 where you will be able to provide input and feedback on local issues and assist in building a healthy, and sustainable community for years to come.
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The OCP Steering Committee
The District of Port Hardy has established a committee of Port Hardy residents to ensure direct community involvement throughout the OCP planning process. The aim of the OCP Steering Committee is to represent different sectors of the community to assist in the planning process, to gather information, and to provide feedback throughout the duration of the process.
Members of the Port Hardy OCP Steering Committee are as follows:
- Ellen Waldstein
- Malcolm Fleeton
- John Nicholson
- Chris Parker
- Cory Klassen
- Carly Waring
- Amanda Hogan
- Jessie Hemphill
- Lyn Barton
- Rick Davidge
- Gloria LeGal
Port Hardy Hot Topics
Starting in January 2011, with help of the newly created OCP Steering Committee and Focus Corporation, the District will be asking for your input on key topics that the Official Community Plan will be addressing. Input opportunities may include but are not limited to the following key items:
- Parks, Trails and Open Space;
- Water (watershed protection, supply and quality);
- Sustainable Land Use; and
- Alternative energy.