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Whistler Adopts New Official Community Plan
June 26, 2020, 4:01 am

Whistler Adopts New Official Community Plan

Resort Municipality of Whistler
WHISTLER - Following a substantial community effort and many years, Whistler has an updated Official Community Plan and Vision (OCP) that sets the course for the community into the future. Whistler Council adopted the OCP at its meeting June 23.

“I am proud of the incredible effort that went into updating our highest level policy document. The process helped grow the foundation of relationships within the community, with Lil’wat Nation and Squamish Nation, and with the Province of British Columbia,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “It is our shared roadmap that will shape the future of our community.”

The purpose of the OCP is to establish policies that guide decisions on community planning and land use management for the RMOW over the next five to 10 years and beyond. The OCP also contains a renewed Community Vision for Whistler that articulates the high level aspirations for our resort community, describing what we collectively seek to achieve now and over Whistler’s long-term future. The new vision statement is: Whistler: A place where our community thrives, nature is protected and guests are inspired.

The OCP articulates policies for growth management, land use, housing, and greenhouse gas emissions targets, as well as for social and environmental matters. Community and organizational progress will continue to be measured through the Community Monitoring Program, which has been in place and continued to evolve since 1994.

“The new OCP and vision is as relevant and important as ever post COVID-19,” added the Mayor. “It is meant to guide our community planning through many scenarios and over the long term and it will be critical to community recovery planning as we evolve during and out of the COVID-19 pandemic”

This represents the culmination of an extensive engagement and consultation process with community members and stakeholders, the Lil’wat Nation, the Squamish Nation, and referral agencies. The adoption follows more than 3,000 hours of citizen and stakeholder engagement since 2010, a two-phase consultation process through 2018 and public hearing in spring 2019.

The new OCP takes immediate effect and replaces the previous OCP adopted in 1993. Whistler’s original OCP was adopted in 1976 and various updates and amendments have taken place since that time.

View the complete document at whistler.ca/OCP.


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