Changes on the horizon for Fernie’s Official Community Plan

Over the next year, the City of Fernie will be making some changes to the Official Community Plan.

Fernie’s Official Community Plan (OCP) is receiving an update. Over the next year, the OCP will go through a revision process to make sure the community of Fernie continues to be a great place to live, work, and play.

Working on the update with City of Fernie staff will be the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, a non-profit organisation that provides community sustainability planning and implementation services to local governments across B.C. Also giving their input will be the OCP advisory committee. The 15-person committee is made up of a wide spectrum of Fernie residents, two city councillors, as well as the Mayor of Fernie, Mary Giuliano.

Having met once since forming in August, the advisory committee will come together five more times, between now and November 2013, to rewrite the OCP. The committee is tasked with reviewing the existing OCP and making any changes they feel are necessary. Committee member, Councillor Willard Ripley, said the first meeting focused on outlining what the initial steps are and how the process will work. “It was more about how it’s going to be done, rather than discussing the actual items. This is where things are going to start to take off, addressing things like land use and planning issues.”

The revised OCP will aim to put the City’s new long term vision, “Forever Fernie,’ in motion. It will take into account a number of community components that work towards success and long-term sustainability for Fernie, including land use and development, education, housing, social development, economy, transportation, natural areas, and infrastructure.

The City of Fernie will be hosting an open house at the beginning of October to give the public the chance to see what the OCP is all about, and give their feedback. “These public input sessions are super important,” said Ripley. “That’s the people in town’s opportunity to have their say and see what kind of things have been suggested.”

October’s open house is just one of four public events that will be put on throughout the update process allowing Fernie residents to voice their opinions.

The OCP Open House will be held on October 4, from 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., at the Fernie Community Centre. More details on the OCP can be found at www.fernie.ca.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

FAR celebrates summer opening

The mountain is now open to hikers, bikers and sightseers who want some terrain to explore

Fernie seniors celebrate graduation with a reverse parade

Hundreds of locals turned up to congratulate the seniors on their graduation

QUIZ: Put your knowledge of Canada to the test

How much do you know about our country?

Province releases report on Columbia River Treaty public feedback

Reservoir levels, fair compensation for impacted communities, among many issues raised

Environmental organizations call for federal assessment of Teck mine expansion

Environmental groups are urging the federal government to designate a proposed coal… Continue reading

‘This year is unlike any other’: Trudeau delivers Canada day address

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and the Prime Minister release video celebrating the national holiday

PHOTOS: Dual rallies take over Legislature lawn on Canada Day

Resist Canada 153 highlighted colonization and genocide, Unify the People called COVID a hoax

Gov. General honours Canadians for bravery, volunteer service

Five categories of winners presented on Canada Day

COVID-19: Should non-medical masks be mandatory in Canada?

New poll shows Canadians are divided on the rules around mandatory masks

‘A little bit scary for everybody’: Air passengers wary as new rules take effect

Masks or face coverings have been mandatory on flights since April 20

VIDEO: Prince William and Kate chat with B.C. hospital staff about COVID-19

Seven-minute video posted to Youtube on Canada Day

River centre says heavy rains could bring flooding to central, northeastern B.C.

Water levels are already unusually high and river banks can be extremely unstable

Most Read