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Official Community Plan Moves Forward

Apr 13, 2012

(News Release) VICTORIA — A public hearing scheduled for June 27 at 7:30 p.m. will be the final opportunity for Victoria citizens to provide input on the city’s new Official Community Plan before the city council considers it for adoption as a bylaw.

Last night, the city council gave first reading to the new Official Community Plan bylaw, the first step in moving the plan forward to formal adoption. The June public hearing will be an opportunity for the public to provide written or verbal feedback directly to the council for their consideration, prior to bylaw adoption.
Work to update the plan has been underway since early 2010. The city’s plan was last updated in 1995.
The new plan brings forward a more current and sustainable approach to guide Victoria’s growth and change over the next 30 years. It incorporates input the community expressed about what was most important to them.
The proposed new plan has been shaped by a wide variety of community input, involving more than 6,000 people. Individuals representing neighbourhood associations, businesses, developers, service providers, First Nations, heritage, arts and culture groups, recreation services, and youth organizations have participated and helped ensure that the new plan is reflective of the community’s values.
The proposed Official Community Plan is available on the project website www.ShapeYourFutureVictoria.ca.

Two public information sessions are planned for early June to allow people to learn more about the plan prior to the public hearing. A special information session for the design and development community will also take place.

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