OUR CITY 2041 Process
The OUR CITY 2041 OCP review will be undertaken over three years, starting in early 2014. Year one focused on conducting background research and community engagement, including the Traveling Community Workshop. These activities built on the principles set in Envision 2032 (the City’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan). Year two (2015) will focus on drafting the vision, goals, policies and land use designation map. Year three (2016) will focus on drafting and adopting the document. Each of these components will be reviewed by Council and Council’s committees, the community, and other stakeholders.
The review process will have the following steps:
Review of Existing Policy: Staff has reviewed the existing OCP and other related policy to identify what should be kept in the new OCP and where there are policy gaps that need to be filled and innovative approaches that could be applied.
This review was done for each of the general planning policy areas (i.e. Community Well-Being, Economy, Energy, Environment, Hazard, Heritage, Housing, Parks/Recreation, Culture, Transportation, Urban Design, Utilities). Consultants contributed to some background research and mapping.
Statistical Research and Analysis: In support of the OCP, staff have conducted an update of city statistics and projections out to 2041. This included data related to population, employment, and land use.
The OCP Review was launched through the Traveling Community Workshop. This workshop "traveled" through the city to different venues. Community members were invited to drop-in to any of the events, which featured a variety of activities to engage the public in sharing what is important to them about our city. A summary of the workshop outputs have been posted online on this page. We used the workshop outputs to help develop the draft OCP vision statement and policy area goals.
Another part of the public launch was the OUR CITY Photo Contest. The public was invited to submit photos of New Westminster. The contest was held over summer with final online voting in early fall. See more on the photo contest here.
OUR CITY Neighbourhood Visioning Process: The community was invited to participate in a design-based workshop that explored options for the future of our neighbourhoods and how the city may grow over time. The findings from the workshop were displayed at an open house.
The purpose of the process was to work together to create a vision in drawings of what New Westminster might look like in 2041. The outputs included sketches and diagrams illustrating ideas for the city’s future.
The outputs of these events was used, along with the outputs of the first two steps and the Envision 2032 Descriptions of Success, to inform the generation of the draft OCP vision statement and an overarching goal for each policy area.
The draft vision and goals were circulated to Council’s committees for review and were presented to the community for comment.
To review the materials and outcomes of these events please visit the Past Event Materials and Council Reports page by clicking here.
Land use scenarios were created for each neighbourhood that imagine really low density, really high density, and an in-between density version of the visioning maps. Community members provided input on these scenarios, and the infill housing forms being considered, during the Community Conversation on Housing.
For more information about the consultation events please visit the Past Event Materials and Council Report page by clicking here. Feedback from these events was used to finalize the land use designation map.
During this step we also continued to refine the draft vision and goals, and prepare draft policies for each of the policy areas (e.g. economy, housing, environment).
Staff have incorporated the vision, policy area goals, policies, land use plan, and other components into an updated draft Official Community Plan document. The document has been laid out similar to the draft Queensborough Community Plan to be easily understandable and useable by Council, staff, the public and other users.
The draft OCP was presented to Council, to the public, and circulated for review. The feedback received has been presented to Council and final revisions are now being made.
It is expected that the final OCP will be presented to Council in June 2017 and that the public hearing will be held in September 2017.