Electoral Area F Official Community Plan Update

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Electoral Area F OCP

The RDN is updating the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan (OCP). Electoral Area F includes the communities of Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Meadowood and Whiskey Creek and the surrounding rural areas.

The first Electoral Area F OCP was adopted in 1999, and new Census Canada Data shows that as of 2021, the population has grown over 50% to approximately 8,200 people. Much of the OCP remains relevant today, and this project was initiated in 2019 to address emerging challenges and update sections of the OCP that have become dated.

After completing Round 1 of engagement, Round 2 was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The RDN is now continuing the process of updating the Electoral Area F OCP and underwent Round 2 of engagement between February and March 2022.

The Round 2 Engagement Summary and Final Engagement Summary and Recommendations are now available in the document library. The next phase of the project will include the drafting of the OCP and Round 3 of community engagement to receive feedback on the Draft OCP.

Please stay tuned for more information and upcoming opportunities to get involved in the Area F OCP Update in the coming weeks and months.

How can I get involved and learn more?

  • Subscribe to this page (top right) to receive email notification of news and updates
  • Watch both project videos to learn more about what an OCP is and a summary of the project and engagement to date
  • Learn more about the project by reading the OCP Snapshots about the different topic areas
  • Read the Round 1, Round 2 and the Final Engagement Summary to see what has happened so far
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Share your questions below and we will provide an answer
  • Contact the project team directly at: areafocp@rdn.bc.ca


Electoral Area F OCP

The RDN is updating the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan (OCP). Electoral Area F includes the communities of Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Meadowood and Whiskey Creek and the surrounding rural areas.

The first Electoral Area F OCP was adopted in 1999, and new Census Canada Data shows that as of 2021, the population has grown over 50% to approximately 8,200 people. Much of the OCP remains relevant today, and this project was initiated in 2019 to address emerging challenges and update sections of the OCP that have become dated.

After completing Round 1 of engagement, Round 2 was paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The RDN is now continuing the process of updating the Electoral Area F OCP and underwent Round 2 of engagement between February and March 2022.

The Round 2 Engagement Summary and Final Engagement Summary and Recommendations are now available in the document library. The next phase of the project will include the drafting of the OCP and Round 3 of community engagement to receive feedback on the Draft OCP.

Please stay tuned for more information and upcoming opportunities to get involved in the Area F OCP Update in the coming weeks and months.

How can I get involved and learn more?

  • Subscribe to this page (top right) to receive email notification of news and updates
  • Watch both project videos to learn more about what an OCP is and a summary of the project and engagement to date
  • Learn more about the project by reading the OCP Snapshots about the different topic areas
  • Read the Round 1, Round 2 and the Final Engagement Summary to see what has happened so far
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Share your questions below and we will provide an answer
  • Contact the project team directly at: areafocp@rdn.bc.ca


  • Final Engagement Summary and Recommendations

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    The Final Engagement Summary containing recommendations on how the OCP could be updated is now available for community review. This final report has been developed based on community feedback shared through both rounds of engagement implemented in Phase 2 of the OCP Update.

    The Electoral Area F OCP will be updated based on feedback shared by community members through both rounds of engagement in Phase 2: Engage of the OCP Update process, as well as technical studies and best practices. The updated draft OCP will be shared with Area F community members for review and comment in Round 3 of engagement as part of Phase 3: Draft OCP. Phase 4: Adoption will take place once Round 3 of engagement has concluded and the Draft OCP has been updated and finalized. This final phase includes the legislated bylaw adoption process including a public hearing.

    Stay tuned for more information on the draft OCP and Round 3 of Engagement coming this fall!

  • Round 2 Engagement Summary

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    Thank you to the Area F Community! The Engagement Summary for Round 2 of the Official Community Plan Update project is now available. In February and March of 2022, approximately 193 residents provided feedback and/or attended an event. Since the re-start of the project in February 2022 more than 900 residents and stakeholders visited the project website, reviewed materials, and viewed the project video.


    The report includes a brief summary of input for a quick read as well as a detailed summary. All raw comments are included in Part 2 of the report. What was heard from the community in Round 2 will be used to guide the Draft OCP. Once the Draft OCP is complete, it will be made available to community members for review and comment as part of the third round of engagement.


    Stay tuned for news about the Draft OCP and upcoming engagement for the project.
  • Round 2 of Engagement

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    Thank you to everyone who participated in Round 2 of engagement for the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan (OCP) Update. All public input and submissions received by March 31, 2022, will be included in the Round 2 Engagement Summary and the Final Engagement Summary (Rounds 1 and 2) that will be released on the project webpage in the coming weeks. All of the community input received to date will be analyzed and used to help inform and guide policy directions in the Draft OCP. Phase 3 of the project includes the drafting of the OCP and subsequent engagement opportunities for the public to review and comment on the draft. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

  • Virtual Town Hall Meetings

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    Upcoming Virtual Town Hall Meetings:

    Virtual Town Hall Meetings will be hosted over Zoom, and the access links/phone numbers for each session have been provided below.

    For ease of participation, the Virtual Town Halls have been organized by theme areas.

    • The Kick-Off Town Hall will be a refresh and review of work completed to date.

    • The following 6 Town Halls are organized by OCP Theme Area to focus our conversations. Each Theme Area will have 2 Town Halls.

    • Finally, we’ll wrap up this round of engagement with a Final Town Hall to provide an overview of what will happen next.


    You’re welcome to attend as many of the Town Halls that you’re interested in. Town Halls will commence at the time indicated below and will not necessarily run the entire designated 2 hours. It is recommended to join the meeting at the identified start time as meetings may come to a natural conclusion and end early if there are no further comments or feedback from community members in attendance.

    To participate in a Zoom meeting electronically, please click the associated link below and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode. To participate by telephone, please dial the telephone number and enter the Meeting ID for the Town Hall you wish to attend.

    If you have any questions about Zoom or how to access the Virtual Town Halls, please email areafocp@rdn.bc.ca, or book an appointment with a member of our project team by calling: 250-390-6761 or toll free: 1-877-607-4111.

    Thursday, February 24, 2022

    Kick-Off Town Hall

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81838083457?pwd=MjFqVGwrc0crSzhnazJqVUgySDdiZz09

    Meeting ID: 818 3808 3457

    Passcode: 253762

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 818 3808 3457


    Monday, March 7, 2022

    Character Town Hall #2

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87981701621?pwd=c0l4MFVFL3c3NGNlaE9Qb3VJS0FZZz09

    Meeting ID: 879 8170 1621

    Passcode: 543265

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 879 8170 1621


    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    Growth Town Hall #1

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86421314086?pwd=aXUxeWtpZndIYkkrQzkxellYNldwZz09

    Meeting ID: 864 2131 4086

    Passcode: 417763

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 864 2131 4086

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022

    Resilience Town Hall #1

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82612376641?pwd=bDBsQUVvUm5UdjFYZUNMRVMyTnJ2dz09

    Meeting ID: 826 1237 6641

    Passcode: 687950

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 826 1237 6641


    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    Growth Town Hall #2

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81520074021?pwd=ZkdwNkxUdXBiMDlMdHM4dHlTaXMyUT09

    Meeting ID: 815 2007 4021

    Passcode: 942489

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 815 2007 4021


    Sunday, March 13, 2022

    Resilience Town Hall #2

    Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86753202307?pwd=SUpKdXF0bFpBZVpSUTRPUDh3Y3QzUT09

    Meeting ID: 867 5320 2307

    Passcode: 391821

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 867 5320 2307


    Saturday, March 5, 2022

    Character Town Hall #1

    Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82340986724?pwd=SXdyVmVzeEZOTHk4N0xTT3JxT05PZz09

    Meeting ID: 823 4098 6724

    Passcode: 104647

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 823 4098 6724


    Wednesday, March 16, 2022

    Final Town Hall

    Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm

    Join Zoom Meeting:

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81065799325?pwd=Z0RPUlREL21oaHdrV2h6NXNlVVBuUT09

    Meeting ID: 810 6579 9325

    Passcode: 092960

    Join meeting by telephone:

    +1 778 907 2071 Canada

    Meeting ID: 810 6579 9325



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  • Community Workbooks

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    4 Community Workbooks have been developed and organized by different themes: Community Values, Growth, Character and Resilience. You can choose whether you would like to complete all 4 workbooks, or only complete the workbooks that interest/impact you most, or simply comment on the Policy Option(s) or Community Value(s) of interest to you, as all feedback is important in this process. Instructions on how to participate and submit your feedback are contained within the Community Workbooks.


    PDF copies of each Community Workbook can be downloaded below:


    Please complete the workbooks by March 31, 2022.

    Email your completed workbooks to areafocp@rdn.bc.ca, or call 250-390-6761 or toll free at 1-877-607-4111 to arrange for a printed version. Workbooks can also be dropped off or mailed to:

    Nicholas Redpath
    6300 Hammond Bay Road
    Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6N2

    OR

    Hand delivered to:

    RDN Parks Services Office at 1490 Springhill Road, Parksville between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm Monday to Friday.

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  • Remind me what an Official Community Plan is?

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    An OCP is a long-term plan for a community. It guides land use by describing a community's vision for the future and includes objectives and policies to help achieve that vision. An OCP is used by the public when planning future use of their land or advocating for the community vision, and by the RDN when planning related community or infrastructure projects or approving development. The update process includes completing best practices research, reviewing technical information, reviewing existing RDN policies and strategies, and gathering information and feedback from community members.

  • Engagement Summary for Round 1 Now Available

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    Thank you to the Area F Community! The Engagement Summary for Round 1 of the Official Community Plan Update project is now available. In February and March, more than 1000 community members attended an event or visited the website and approximately 335 people provided comments.


    The report includes a brief summary of input for a quick read as well as a detailed summary. All raw comments are included in an appendix. What was heard from the community in Round 1 will be used to develop policy options for community review. The second phase of engagement will provide opportunities for community members to provide feedback on these draft policy options.


    Stay tuned for news about the second round of engagement for the project.

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