Official Community Plan Review

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What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the OCP review that's underway? The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day.

Planning for our Future

We are embarking on a review of our Official Community Plan (OCP) to help prepare the community for a resilient future, and we're involving the public as we review existing OCP policies within the context of today’s emerging issues, challenges, and trends. At key times throughout the OCP review process, you'll have the opportunity to share your opinions and ideas on the future of our community. You can learn more about this project by watching the video below and checking out the Updates section. Don't forget to click "Follow Project" to register for email updates.


What's an Official Community Plan? Why should you get involved in the OCP review that's underway? The OCP guides land use planning and sets out policies that touch citizen's lives in some way every day.

Planning for our Future

We are embarking on a review of our Official Community Plan (OCP) to help prepare the community for a resilient future, and we're involving the public as we review existing OCP policies within the context of today’s emerging issues, challenges, and trends. At key times throughout the OCP review process, you'll have the opportunity to share your opinions and ideas on the future of our community. You can learn more about this project by watching the video below and checking out the Updates section. Don't forget to click "Follow Project" to register for email updates.


Q&As

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    In reference to the CRD to the Report Regional Growth Strategy Indicator Report 2020, since the last OCP what has the district done to contribute to item 6.0 Food Systems: • Increase the amount of land in crop production for food by 5,000 ha to enhance local food security. • Municipal targets to increase the amount of land in crop production for food and to encourage agricultural land to be identified by municipalities in Regional Context Statements. and what has been the outcome?

    Kws asked 6 months ago

    The first fundamental principle of our existing Central Saanich Official Community Plan is to “Support Agriculture.” The District’s OCP has many policies which support agriculture and food production. Many of these focus on protecting larger tracks of land for agricultural use, supporting the Agricultural Land Reserve, and directing growth and development to our urban centres to avoid sprawl on to rural and agricultural lands.

    With approximately 70% of the District’s land base within the Agricultural Land Reserve, regionally Central Saanich plays a significant role in food security and agriculture in general. To support farming in our community recent initiatives by the District include developing guidelines to make it easier for farmers to establish farm worker accommodation on their property, as well as drainage enhancements at Maber Flats.

    Some emerging themes we are hearing in our early OCP engagement includes helping new farmers access farmland, as well as establishing local food hubs and food distribution centres to help farmers get their products to the market. Expanding or improving crop production land will continue to be a priority in the District.

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    How does the concurrent land use and regional growth strategy application for the Co-op lands on West Saanich impact or influence the OCP review process?

    DBW asked 6 months ago

    We recognize the timing of this application may influence some discussions during the OCP Review to some degree; however the application process will be kept separate from the broader OCP discussion as much as possible.