Thanks to all residents and advisory committee members who provided feedback on the first draft of Warfield’s Integrated Official Community Plan! The $50 Cornerstone Deli gift card was won by an individual who attended one of the coffee chat sessions.
The revised draft IOCP was presented at the November 1st, 2017 Council meeting. In accordance with section 466 of the Local Government Act, The Village of Warfield will host a final public hearing on the Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP), Bylaw #846, to take place in Council Chambers at 7:00pm on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.
The plan includes policies about our parks, neighbourhoods, commercial area and more – and it will guide Village decision-making for the next 10+ years!
The second IOCP draft may viewed by clicking the link below:
Warfield 2040 IOCP Draft 2 – October 2017
Paper copies may be obtained from the Village Office during regular office hours.
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 fall 2017.