Feedback period extended to September 29th!
Warfield’s draft Official Community Plan is ready for review and feedback!
The plan will guide Village decision-making for the next 10+ years, so please tell us what you think!
It includes policies about our parks, trails, neighbourhoods, our commercial area and more – so you are bound to find something in the plan that you care about.
Step 1: Review the sections of the draft plan you care about – DOWNLOADED THE DRAFT PLAN HERE or pick up a paper copy from the Village Office.
Step 2: Provide feedback using the questionnaire and win a $50 Cornerstone Deli gift card:
• Paper questionnaire – pick up a copy from the Village Office.
Thanks to those who attended the ‘coffee chat’ and ‘sausage on a bun’ sessions September 18th and 19th to discuss the plan and give feedback. We appreciate your time and contribution!
Project updates and input opportunities will be communicated through these channels. Please stay connected!
- Village News Blog notices
- Facebook: Village of Warfield
- Village Newsletters (coming to a mailbox near you)
- Project webpage (this one!)
- Posters/post-cards around town
WHAT IS AN IOCP?
The Village of Warfield is embarking on the development of an Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP), which will provide the long-term vision and goals for the future our community, as well as the policies and priorities for how we begin to create that future. It will become our community’s highest level policy and decision-making tool that can be applied to all levels of decisions and other planning. It will guide our community for the next 10+ years.
The policies will direct the decisions made by the Village of Warfield municipal government, but the vision, goals and priorities will be developed by and for the community – all residents, businesses and organizations in Warfield can contribute to developing them and making them happen.
Sustainability principles will be integrated into the plan such that we are planning for the health and success of our community for generations to come. Further, a system for tracking and reporting performance toward (or away from) our vision and goals will also be included in the plan so we know how we’re doing year after year.
The plan is comprehensive, and will cover all community systems as follows:
- Land Use and Natural Areas, including: growth management, protection of natural areas, resource management, natural hazards
- Residential Areas and Housing, including: neighbourhood character, housing types and affordability
- Commercial and Industrial Areas, including: economic development, jobs, skills, training, and commercial and industrial land, downtown core, tourism
- Infrastructure Systems, including: energy, transportation, water, waste, technology
- Recreation, Culture and Learning, including: recreation, arts, culture, heritage, learning and education, including the outdoor and indoor facilities that support these activities
- Individual and Community Health, including: individual health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), community safety, food security, social wellbeing
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HOW WILL THE IOCP BE DEVELOPED?
The plan will be developed by the community, with guidance from the Village and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability, the project consultants. The community will be engaged in developing the vision, goals and policy directions for the plan, identifying action ideas for implementation, and then reviewing the draft plan, which will include the IOCP policies. Public engagement will include both in-person and online opportunities. A project advisory committee, made up of community members with the necessary knowledge and skills, will provide input to the development of the plan along the way.
The project will follow this straight-forward planning approach:
- Where we’re going: Articulate the future we want for our community through a vision and detailed goals that integrate long-term sustainability objectives.
- Where we are now: Understand our current situation in relation to our vision and goals for the future.
- How we’re moving forward: Determine the best policies and strategies for moving from today toward the future we want for our community.
This project is being funded through a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities, and the development of the IOCP means the Village will be eligible for additional funding through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities ‘Green Municipal Fund’ grant program.
The project will take place over the course of a year, between summer 2016 and 2017.