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


Q&A

Do you have a question for the project team on the Area F OCP Update? If so, please ask us here. Most questions and answers will be posted to the website for others to read and learn from. If you would prefer to ask your question privately, please email us directly at  areafocp@rdn.bc.ca.

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    Hello, For Area F, what is the current stance or process for building agro-tourism accomodation cabins? There are lots of new farms starting out in the Coombs area, and this would be a great way to rejuvenate the area.

    Cristina Ciotinga asked 5 months ago

    Hi Cristina, thank you for your comment and participating in the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan (OCP) Update. Agri-tourism accommodation is provincially regulated by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and currently permitted within the Agriculture 1 (A-1) zone of Zoning Bylaw 1285 (see document library) which outlines regulations and requirements related to this activity. Further information can be found on the ALC's website: https://www.alc.gov.bc.ca/alc/content/home. Policies to expand/modify the agri-tourism regulations as part of a subsequent zoning bylaw review is something that can be encouraged within the OCP Update.

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    Will minimum lot sizes be reduced to 2.5 acres to allow for subdivision and to increase housing supply?

    Miranda Scott asked 5 months ago

    Hi Miranda, thank you for taking an interest in your community and getting involved in the Area F OCP Update. Land use designations within an OCP can address minimum lot sizes and this topic is identified under the diverging topic section within the Growth Community Workbook. We encourage you to submit your comments related to minimum parcel size requirements as part of this process or attend an upcoming town hall to further discuss this, or any other topic of interest to you. 

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    I have friends and family that would like to join our community, but there is very few homes or land available for sale. What plans do you have to address our supply shortage?

    Acarey asked 5 months ago

    Good morning and thank you for your question. An OCP must ensure there is enough land designated for new housing to meet the needs of a growing population, while also balancing both environmental protection and affordable and adequate housing. An OCP can support affordable housing initiatives, secondary suits and diverse housing options like tiny homes. An OCP can also dictate minimum parcel size requirements within different land use designations that can directly impact the availability of land. An OCP cannot however control housing market conditions related to cost of land, housing and material that are driven by factors outside of local government control. We encourage you to review the community workbooks as they propose policy options that address housing and growth within Electoral Area F. 

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    Given the fact that the City of Parksville has made several overtures in the past and most recently to take over the industrial section of Errington in Area F, can the topic of a renewed "Incorporation Study" be added to the Area F OCP in order to protect our current boundaries and rural tax base?

    noz asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comment and question. The comments you provided on the topic of an incorporation study will be included in an Engagement Summary Report as part of the first round of community engagement for this project. Undertaking an incorporation study is not part of this OCP Update, but it could be included in the OCP in a list of implementation actions to be done at a later date.

    To share additional ideas and comments about the update, we invite you to attend one of our upcoming in-person events or provide your feedback through an online survey that will be available soon. Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide comments and ideas in the spring when there will be a second round of community engagement looking at options for specific changes that could be made to the OCP to address the challenges and opportunities heard during this first round.


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    Hello, As a person who is concerned about Area F and in particular affordable housing/rental options. From the history of Area F there is quite a few lots that have multiple residential housing options; if an owner was able to strata the residential housing on the lots it would create affordable housing. If you look at the residential real estate market whats missing is the starter homes; a prospective buyer can not save the required deposit to purchase a home in todays market. Typically strata housing is cheaper because multiple owners can own and maintain the property. My question is this, how does a person with this idea put forward a proposal to see this vision become a reality? Thanks for your time.

    Dela Cruz asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and question!

    Affordable housing is one of the key topic areas of this OCP Update project. The comments you provided on challenges and opportunities for affordable housing are helpful to the conversation and will also be included in an Engagement Summary Report as part of the initial round of engagement. To share additional ideas about affordable housing, you can attend one of our upcoming in-person events, or provide feedback through an online survey that will be available from February 16 – March 9.

    Stay tuned for more opportunities to provide comments and ideas in the spring when there will be a second round of community engagement looking at options for specific changes that could be made to the OCP to address the challenges and opportunities heard during this first round.

    Also, if you haven’t seen it already, have a look at the Housing Snapshot on the website that includes background information on housing and the current OCP policies.

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    Hi, I've been hearing that there are shops and condos going in behind the Meadowood store, how come nothing has been posted about it, why is that the old Parksville mayor is getting this, everyone I have been talking to does not want Condos. Also where is the community hall and our highway access maybe the RDN should do that first, and why has this not been posted so the people living here can see and vote on it.

    nekmitch asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. The property on which the Meadowood Store is located is zoned C-1 (Commercial 1) where a number of commercial uses, and one dwelling unit, are permitted. The details of what is permitted in this zone can be read here.  

    The RDN has not received a development application for the land behind the Meadowood Store.  The parcel would need to be rezoned to allow more than 1 dwelling unit. After a rezoning application is submitted to the RDN, the owner is required to post signage on the property with information about the proposal, and how residents can provide their input.

    The Meadowood Store is within the Qualicum River Estates Rural Village Centre and the Official Community Plan currently supports higher density housing and commercial uses in this area where it can be adequately serviced, subject to rezoning and the public process that is required. 

    I will get the most up-to-date information to answer your questions about the community hall and second access and respond on the website here as soon as I can. 

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    I hear that there is Condo`s coming behind the meadowood store ,,with a storage lot. why is there no signs up? or proposals? as to what is happening?? People I talk to in the area are TOTALLY AGAINST THE CONDO`S.. it would be a eyesore to the area ,, How does the property owners just get to do what they want? Is there no Vote ,, What ever happened to the community hall that was to be coming?? How about looking after the area instead of letting the ex mayor get his way .... horse hockey!!

    gord mitchell asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. The RDN has not received a development application for the land behind the Meadowood Store.  The parcel on which the store is located would need to be rezoned to allow more than 1 dwelling unit. After a rezoning application is submitted to the RDN, the owner is required to post signage on the property with information about the proposal, and how residents can provide their input.

    The Meadowood Store is within the Qualicum River Estates Rural Village Centre and the Official Community Plan currently supports higher density housing in this area where it can be adequately serviced, subject to rezoning and the public process that is required.  

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    I would like to receive notifications of news and updates please, thank you.

    Bradley asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your interest!

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