In 2018, RMOW staff and Council kicked off a process to revamp Whistler’s Official Community Plan (OCP). As the timeline covered by the OCP would have exceeded the lifespan of Whistler’s highest level policy document – our shared community vision Whistler 2020 – it was determined that the Vision should also be replaced.
The timelines for this work were short from the outset as Council seeks to vote in these foundational community policies prior to elections in the Fall. This means the opportunities for input by the entire community are limited. Therefore it is really important to attend the upcoming community forum and share your vision for Whistler’s future looks like! As our community vision is shared by all it is important that we all help craft it.
Forum Details (as per RMOW website):
- Monday, June 25
- Whistler Conference Centre Foyer
- 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Informal Drop-In
- 5:30 p.m. Presentations
- 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Table Discussions
Stop by for a few minutes or stay until 8:30 p.m. Babysitting and light snacks provided.
Points to Consider – Community Vision:
The draft community Vision being introduced at the forum will essentially replace the existing sustainability vision (Whistler 2020), setting a shared vision for the next 10-20yrs. Our previous vision document highlighted it was not intended to be prescriptive, instead providing inspiration while keeping space for Whistlerites to get creative on how we reach the conditions shared in the plan. We see the same approach here as clearly there we will all need to determine ‘how’ we are going to achieve the conditions articulated in our shared vision.
As we review the draft vision some points to consider might be… do you…
- Feel the draft Vision is representative of who we are, what we value, what we believe and what we hope to see in the future?
- Believe we can effectively measure / monitor performance as we work towards the ‘characteristics of success’ statements?
- Notice any gaps? What might be missing?
Points to Consider – 2018 Official Community Plan:
The Official Community Plan (OCP) serves as a framework for policies, regulations and decisions pertaining to land use and development in Whistler. Through our seat on committees of council, RMOW partner meetings and direct work with staff, AWARE has provided detailed input on the Natural Areas, Growth and Infrastructure chapters of the OCP. We are also working to provide input on the Energy & Climate chapter and following forum will provide comments on the full OCP.
- Points we have found useful to keep in mind when reviewing OCP chapters include:
Are the higher level goals and objectives within a chapter representative of the chapter topic? Are there gaps?
- As the OCP is a tool for RMOW staff to guide decision making, does the wording in the policies make it clear what each policy statement is intended to do and are we avoiding leaving statements open to mis-interpretation.
- As we can now see the full document, including many chapters we haven’t seen yet, we are also interested to see how intentions defined by the various policies compare across the different chapters.
Draft documents for the community Vision and Official Community Plan went live on Friday 22nd on whistler.ca and can be accessed via the RSVP button below
Want to know more about the difference between a community Vision and an Official Community Plan? Want to find out more about Whistler’s current community vision (W2020)? Check out a recent blog post we wrote on the topic.