Picture Sooke: Official Community Plan Review

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Where we are now:

How Sooke looks and feels is shaped by our Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document that is now in the final stages of being updated. Through this final phase of developing a Draft OCP, we are checking in to make sure that we’ve heard you and have not missed anything.

This phase of the OCP development is focused on refining the Draft OCP before it proceeds to a bylaw.

Your feedback on the DRAFT OCP will be received until Sunday, October 17, 2021.


How to participate:

Discussion forums

Join discussion forums through this online platform

Where we are now:

How Sooke looks and feels is shaped by our Official Community Plan (OCP), a guiding document that is now in the final stages of being updated. Through this final phase of developing a Draft OCP, we are checking in to make sure that we’ve heard you and have not missed anything.

This phase of the OCP development is focused on refining the Draft OCP before it proceeds to a bylaw.

Your feedback on the DRAFT OCP will be received until Sunday, October 17, 2021.


How to participate:

Discussion forums

Join discussion forums through this online platform and interact with comments from other residents


In-person events

Stop by at one of these in-person events to learn about the OCP and our community vision, provide input on policies and action items that will bring our vision to life and help prioritize action items.

Date
Time
Location
Health/Safety Protocols
Saturday, Sept 18
10:00am-3:00pm
John Phillips Memorial Park
2201 Otter Point Road
  • Outdoor event, no registration required.
  • Sanitize hands at welcome station.
  • Maintain physical distance.
  • Masks optional.
Thursday, Oct 72:30pm-7:30pmDistrict of Sooke Municipal Hall
Council Chambers
2205 Otter Point Road
  • Indoor event, registration required: REGISTER HERE.
  • Sanitize hands before entry.
  • Maintain physical distance.
  • Limited capacity, may be required to queue outdoors for entry.
  • Masks may be required as per current provincial health orders.


Comment form/Email

Use the comment form available at upcoming events/community pop-ups, the District of Sooke Municipal Hall (2205 Otter Point Road), or email ocp@sooke.ca. Return completed forms:

  • 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the District of Sooke mail slot located at the front entry
  • To staff at the municipal hall during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. closed statutory holidays)
  • To staff or OCP Advisory Committee members at an upcoming community pop-up (schedule below).

Community Pop-up

"Pop-ups" provide an opportunity to ask specific questions of staff, Council and OCP Advisory Committee Members, and receive forms for commenting. Connect at one of these community pop-ups:

Date
Time
Location
Note
Tuesday, Sept 219:30am-11:30amThe Stick in the Mud Coffeehouse, 6715 Eustace RdMeet with Councillor Bateman & staff
Wednesday, Sept 2210:00am-12:00pmLittle Vienna Bakery, 6726 W Coast RdMeet with Councillor Beddows & staff
Thursday, Sept 23
NEW LOCATION!
9:30am-11:30amBroomhill Playground, 2280 Pyrite Dr
Meet with Councillor St.Pierre & staff
Friday, Sept 24
NEW LOCATION!
9:30am-11:30amJohn Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point RoadMeet with Councillor St-Pierre & staff
Saturday, Sept 2510:00am-2:00pmSooke Country Market at John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point RdMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff
Tuesday, Sept 289:00am-11:00amWhiffin SpitMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff
Saturday, October 210:00am-2:00pmSooke Country Market at John Phillips Memorial Park, 2201 Otter Point Rd
Meet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members and staff
Wednesday, Oct 610:30am-12:30pmWestern Foods, Evergreen Centre, 1400-6660 Sooke RdMeet with OCP-Advisory Committee Members & staff

How we got here:

The engagement and information process around the review of the Official Community Plan update began in summer 2020 with the appointing of an Official Community Plan Advisory Committee and background research conducted by DIALOG, project consultants assisting the District and Advisory Committee with the review and plan update.

Through Fall 2020 into Spring 2021, more than 1200+ participants provided input during community visioning, and vision and growth scenario engagement opportunities. The resulting data was shared in this INTERIM ENGAGEMENT REPORT and subsequent ENGAGEMENT REPORT.

Additionally, information collected during stakeholder sessions (taking place over the last year) with the T-Sou-ke Nation, members of the development community, and local not-for-profit organizations informed the draft plan being shared for public feedback.


What's next:

  • Feedback received during this consultation on the Draft OCP will be incorporated into a revised plan.
  • After further revisions with public feedback incorporated, the OCP Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to Council to proceed with making the Draft Plan into a Bylaw.
  • The OCP Bylaw will come before Council for the first reading (tabling or introduction) and the second reading (discussion in principle and on the content of the OCP Bylaw).
  • After the second reading, a public hearing on the OCP Bylaw (where the public can provide further feedback) will take place.
  • After the public hearing, the OCP Bylaw will proceed to the third reading (final discussion, including any changes made along the way) before adoption.


  • Join Discussion Forums!

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    Discussion forums are available online throughout this phase of engagement, September 14-October 17, 2021.

    The Official Community Plan is a big document. We're breaking down topics by common themes residents identified over the last year of engagement and by policy areas so that you can dive into the topics that interest you most.

    Instructions:

    • Choose a discussion forum that interests you
    • Check out the recommended reading materials
    • Use the provided questions for discussion, sharing comments and responding to comments from other community members
    • Return to the discussion forums at any time during the engagement period to add more comments and see what the community is saying

    The discussion forums will close on October 17, 2021.

    By participating in a discussion forum, your username will be public. If you feel uncomfortable with sharing your name in the forums, you are welcome to use a pseudonym (pen name) as your username. Your personal information will remain confidential.


    Prefer to participate in person?

    Stop by at one of these in-person events to learn about the OCP and our community vision, provide input on policies and action items that will bring our vision to life and help prioritize action items.

    Date
    Time
    Location
    Health/Safety Protocols
    Saturday, Sept 18
    10:00am-3:00pm
    John Phillips Memorial Park
    2201 Otter Point Road
    • Outdoor event, no registration required.
    • Sanitize hands at the welcome station.
    • Maintain physical distance.
    • Masks optional.
    Thursday, Oct 7
    2:30pm-7:30pm
    District of Sooke Municipal Hall
    Council Chambers
    2205 Otter Point Road
    • Indoor event, registration required.
    • Sanitize hands before entry.
    • Maintain physical distance.
    • Limited capacity, may be required to queue outdoors for entry.
    • Masks may be required as per current provincial health orders.
  • Draft Official Community Plan Available for Public Feedback

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    The draft Official Community Plan (OCP) is available and the public is invited to provide feedback online and through upcoming in-person open house events.

    The draft OCP has been shaped by a series of public engagement opportunities over the last 12-months, starting with the development of our community vision – Picture Sooke. This final phase of OCP engagement builds on these conversations and explores a range of topics specific to how our community grows, such as growth management, transportation and safety, greenhouse gas emission reductions, natural areas, community economic development, arts and culture, and recreation and community services.

    “Sooke’s draft OCP is the culmination of community participation,” shares Katherine Lesyshen, Senior Planner with the District and Project Manager. “We are really looking forward to checking in with the community and asking if we heard you correctly – do you feel the policy direction and actions captured in this draft will effectively support Sooke’s vision of a small town, with a big heart?” Lesyshen adds.

    The OCP provides a policy framework for Council to address issues such as housing, transportation, infrastructure, parks, equity, and the natural environment. Reexamining the OCP allows us to update land uses, mapping and policies to reflect the community’s vision now and into the future.

    Public feedback will help refine and finalize the plan which will then be presented into a bylaw early next year.

    The public can provide input through online discussion forums at letstalk.sooke.ca/ocp – which will remain open until October 17th or participate at an upcoming open house.

    Open House #1:

    • Date/time: Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Location: Outdoors at John Phillips Memorial Park and a part of the Celebrate Sooke!
    • Note: Drop-in, anytime. No registration is required.

    Open House #2:

    • Date/time: Thursday, October 7th, 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    • Location: Sooke Municipal Hall, Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Road
    • Note: Indoor event, registration required – register here or call 250.642.1634 to register.

    Learn more and participate:

Page last updated: 22 September 2021, 10:42