The Cowichan region is changing. Population growth, an evolving economy and a changing climate require regional coordination and local action. To support this coordinated effort the CVRD is updating its Official Community Plan (OCP) for the Electoral Areas, the main tool guiding how we use land and shape our communities. The OCP guides planning for our nine electoral areas.
The CVRD began this process by “harmonizing” our existing electoral area OCPs into one OCP for the electoral areas and is now moving towards modernizing it to address regional trends.
The result of this process will be an OCP for the electoral areas that will set the foundation for the Cowichan Valley to be an attractive place to live work, and play for years to come.
This OCP for the electoral areas does not cover the four Incorporated Areas in our region (City of Duncan, District of North Cowichan, Town of Ladysmith and Town of Lake Cowichan) which each have their own OCPs.
Thank you to the 602 participants of our Phase 1 OCP for the Electoral Areas open houses and online questionnaire held between February 1-22, 2020.
In February 2020, the CVRD invited electoral area residents to participate in an initial community engagement process to inform them of the OCP for the Electoral Areas process, prioritize the OCP for the Electoral Areas goals and values, and gather input on how they would like to be involved in the Modernized Official Community Plan for the Electoral Areas process moving forward.
The top three priorities are:
Nature-Based Environmental Protection
Bylaw 4270 Official Community Plan for the Electoral Areas (the Harmonized OCP) received second reading on December 12, 2020. The external referral period is complete and the EASC will consider an update in July, 2021.
See below for the project timeline (click to enlarge). For more information related to the modernization of the official community plan, please visit here.