Electoral Area F Official Community Plan Update

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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.

What is an Official Community Plan?

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.

Electoral Area F OCP

The first Electoral Area F OCP was adopted in 1999 and in the past 20 years the area has experienced 39% population growth. Much of the OCP remains relevant and this review is structured around the following topic areas where updates will be focused:

How can I get involved and learn more?

Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, we will be hosting opportunities, including community pop-up events, stakeholder meetings for representatives from local community organizations, town hall meetings and online surveys, for community members to get involved. The winter session will involve confirming your community values while the spring session will establish how we actively achieve the identified values and visions for Electoral Area F.

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  • Learn more about the project by reading the OCP Snapshots about the different topic areas
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Share your question below and we will provide an answer
  • Contact the project team directly at: areafocp@rdn.bc.ca


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.

What is an Official Community Plan?

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.

Electoral Area F OCP

The first Electoral Area F OCP was adopted in 1999 and in the past 20 years the area has experienced 39% population growth. Much of the OCP remains relevant and this review is structured around the following topic areas where updates will be focused:

How can I get involved and learn more?

Throughout the winter and spring of 2020, we will be hosting opportunities, including community pop-up events, stakeholder meetings for representatives from local community organizations, town hall meetings and online surveys, for community members to get involved. The winter session will involve confirming your community values while the spring session will establish how we actively achieve the identified values and visions for Electoral Area F.

  • Subscribe to this page to receive notification of news and updates
  • Learn more about the project by reading the OCP Snapshots about the different topic areas
  • Visit the document library to learn more about related projects and initiatives
  • Share your question below and we will provide an answer
  • Contact the project team directly at: areafocp@rdn.bc.ca


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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    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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago

    Thank you for your interest!

    To receive notifications about the project, look for the ‘Stay Informed’ box on the website, enter your email address, and click the ‘Subscribe’ button. If you have any difficulty, you can email us directly at areafocp@rdn.bc.ca and we would be happy to provide further assistance.