What is the Village Planning Project About?
The Electoral Area 'H' Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in 2004, identifies and provides guidance on the development of three village centres in Electoral Area 'H'. They are named the Dunsmuir, Qualicum Bay and Bowser Village Centres.
In addition to providing policy direction for the village centres, the OCP directs that village centre plans be carried out within 5 years or before the next OCP review. At the request of the Area Director, and based on community interest and OCP direction, the RDN allocated funding in 2008 to start working with the community to look at village planning.
Background research for this project began in mid-April, 2008 and involved a review of the existing planning policies for the area, a look at the physical changes taking place in the Dunsmuir to Deep Bay areas, and consideration of other factors which might influence how to go about planning for village centres in Area 'H'.
In addition to in-house research, and time spent touring the community, the RDN held an Open House in June 2008 to share background information on the village centres and to better understand, from a community perspective, the scope of issues and opportunities related to the village centres in Area 'H'. While we did not receive a large number of questionnaire responses, the responses we did receive were quite varied and helped identify a broad range of issues and opportunities related to the village centres and village planning in general. Feedback highlights:
Given the interest expressed on the part of the Community to participate actively in the project, the RDN amended the Project Terms of Reference on October 14, 2008 so that those who really wanted to take an active role in the planning project could work together as an advisory group and that membership to this group remained open throughout the project.
The Advisory Group met regularly throughout the project to confirm and prioritize local issues, act as information sources for both the community as a whole and staff, and help to guide the village plan preparation process. All interested residents, landowners, and stakeholders were invited to participate in the advisory group.
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The Project Terms of Reference also recognized that there are a number of government agencies who are often involved in implementing the policies and guidelines that communities desire. The work program recognized the importance of interdepartment/interagency consultation and cooperation, and RDN Planning staff assisted in facilitating discussions with these agencies as the project proceeded.