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New community plan in works
Armstrong’s new official community plan is moving closer to fruition.
Since March 2010, a review of the existing OCP, adopted in October 1996, has been underway.
The OCP is one of several long-range planning tools used by the city to guide growth and development over the long term.
“It represents a snapshot of the future that the community would like to achieve,” said city planner Hazel Christy. “Each development application, rezoning and subdivision is then measured against that future vision, and council is able to incrementally and systematically work towards its goals.”
At council’s direction, city staff have worked to refine and streamline the new draft plan while, “maintaining the spirit and intent of the initial direction received by the community consultation process.”
“We are actually at the stage where we can refer the OCP to the Regional District of North Okanagan staff for their comment,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie.
Such a move is required under the Local Government Act before first reading of an OCP adoption bylaw can be done.
City council thanked a community-based advisory committee representing different sectors in assisting consultants identifying key areas of interest and issues for inclusion in the review for their help.
“A lot of volunteer community members certainly contributed to the input that we used for creating this new OCP,” said Nitchie. “I think our appreciation to them should be expressed.”