The work which was framed by the Prince Rupert 2030 vision, Hays 2.0 Plan, RedesignRupert and other programs provides a blue print of sorts to how the City Council views the future of the city and the elements that will go into creating it.
The Official Community Plan draft was created by Rob Buchan, the contract planner that the City has hired for the work who has spent the last eight months or so reviewing all of the previous work and collecting his own data to develop the 328 page guidebook.
Outside of the residential and industrial areas, the new Prince Rupert will effectively come in three zones, a Downtown, a Mid town and a Marina District.
Much of the focus of the OCP is built on the shape of those three areas, with the dividing line between the Midtown to the West and the Downtown (and CowBay area) to the East set at City Hall. The Marina area starts at the Cow Bay marina and travels eastwards along George Hills Way.
The launch yesterday begins the public feedback process, though where in previous years the City Council might have hosted a large scale presentation of the OCP and then taken comments in a public setting, with COVID-19 protocols still in place, it will be a different approach towards commentary.
For the most part for those with an interest in the topic, the public feedback element will be limited to a meeting by appointment, with the Mayor and Mr. Buchan, something that can be booked by calling the Mayor's Executive Assistant Brianne Bunko at 250-627-0934 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Those opportunities for a meeting with the mayor and the planner will be for one week only, from September 14-18.
There is also mention of the potential for other community engagement on the OCP, however the details have yet to be made public as to how that process may look.
To introduce your assignment of review, the City of Prince Rupert created a YouTube video to explain the OCP Process and document release.
The tutorial provides a look at some of the work that went into the OCP process and the areas where the City wants residents to learn more about the path ahead.
The City is also reminding residents of the current round of survey taking underway through the Rupert Talks portal, the results of which will be included as part of the final review for the Plan
Once Council has received the feedback to the Draft Official Community Plan, it will be brought back for final consideration to guide the development process for the decades ahead.
Mr. Buchan introduced a snapshot of his work on the Draft OCP at the August 27th Council session, you can review his presentation to Council here.More background on the process towards a new Official Community Plan can be explored through our archive page.