Planning our future together
The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) has been working on updating the Official Community Plan (OCP) for Electoral Area “D-1” for the past year. The OCP Plan Area includes Apex, Kaleden, the Twin Lakes area, St. Andrews, the Green Mountain Road area, and Farleigh Lake.
We have completed a full Draft OCP and accompanying maps which can be downloaded on the Project Library page or here. We have also uploaded a DRAFT map set for you to review that’s also available on the Project Library page or here.
Why did we update it?
An OCP is one of the most important community planning documents for an area. Not only does it establish policies around development and land use, it also gives direction to other community plans, including capital plans, transportation strategies and the like.
The OCP also ensures that decisions from different RDOS departments (e.g., Public Works, Development Services) are aligned and working towards a common direction—a thriving and sustainable Area “D-1”.
Originally adopted in 1999, the OCP bylaw was reformatted and updated in 2008, but without any substantive changes to the original plan.
How did we update the OCP?
We took an integrated, strategic approach to updating the Area “D-1” OCP. The Draft OCP has maintained the pieces of the old OCP that worked well, but also addressed the changes the area has experienced since 1999. It has also been integrated with key plans and strategies developed over the past 15 years, including the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy.
Our OCP has been a community-driven process. We have worked hard to engage broadly with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders.
The timeline below outlines major project components and expected timing. Right now we are in Phase 4 and in the formal referral process where the draft is referred to other local governments, the Province and provincial agencies for review and comment. We hope to formally adopt the Updated OCP in February 2016.
Who’s been working on it?
A volunteer Citizens’ Committee was established to help review materials, provide input, and reach out to the community. The advisory group is made up of residents from across the electoral area representing each of the main communities (Kaleden, Twin Lakes, Apex, St. Andrews) and other settlement areas (e.g., Green Mountain Road, Farleigh Lake).
We have also been working with an experienced consultant team to help support our staff with this project.The consultant team includes EcoPlan (www.ecoplan.ca), Arlington Group (www.arlingtongroup.ca), Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) Consulting Engineers (www.kwl.ca), Diamond Head Consulting (www.diamondheadconsulting.com) and Piteau Associates (www.piteau.com).