The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is developing an Official Community Plan for the Electoral Areas. This work involves the harmonization and then modernization of seven Electoral Area Official Community Plans (OCPs) and eight Zoning Bylaws to create one unified OCP for the Electoral Areas (including complementary local area plans) and one Zoning Bylaw for the following nine electoral areas:
Area A - Mill Bay / Malahat
Area B - Shawnigan Lake
Area C - Cobble Hill
Area D - Cowichan Bay
Area E - Cowichan Station / Sahtlam / Glenora
Area F - Cowichan Lake South / Skutz Fall
Area G - Saltair
Area H - North Oyster / Diamond
Area I - Youbou / Meade Creek
The Electoral Area Directors talk about the need to protect this place and create a vision for the future.
In February 2020, the CVRD invited electoral area residents to participate in an initial community engagement process to inform them of the process, prioritize combining the existing OCPs goals and values, and gather input on how they would like to be involved in the Modernized Official Community Plan (MOCP) process moving forward.
Overall, participants expressed a strong desire to participate in a more intimate, personalized way. Specifically, participants expressed interest in online questionnaires and opportunities to dialogue in small groups.
There was a strong preference for geographically distributed events with attention to ensuring events in each electoral area. There was also an interest in targeted events to ensure representation for different demographics, specifically youth.
Based on the feedback collected during this phase of engagement, moving forward CVRD residents can expect to see the following types of engagement activities:
Opportunities to participate online (including alternatives to PlaceSpeak)
Electoral area specific events (townhalls) with opportunities to engage in dialogue
Community circles - multiple small group events to be held across the CVRD hosted by community members guided by a discussion toolkit
Youth focused engagement events
A speaker series focused on policy themes
Thank you to all who have been involved to date and we look forward to your continued involvement.
Visit HERE for more project information and to sign up for our project email list.