Electoral Areas Local Area Plans

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WHAT IS A LOCAL AREA PLAN?

Local Area Plans are planning documents that provide greater detail on growth management for communities that are expected to experience change. These plans help shape growth in a way that contributes to more place-specific, well-designed, and livable complete communities.

Local Area Plans build upon the vision, objectives, and policy included with Schedule A of the Official Community Plan for the Electoral Areas (Bylaw 4373) and guide growth in village and community hearts so that the qualities of these areas that people love and cherish are preserved and enhanced into the future.


WHAT ARE THE

WHAT IS A LOCAL AREA PLAN?

Local Area Plans are planning documents that provide greater detail on growth management for communities that are expected to experience change. These plans help shape growth in a way that contributes to more place-specific, well-designed, and livable complete communities.

Local Area Plans build upon the vision, objectives, and policy included with Schedule A of the Official Community Plan for the Electoral Areas (Bylaw 4373) and guide growth in village and community hearts so that the qualities of these areas that people love and cherish are preserved and enhanced into the future.


WHAT ARE THE PLANNING AREAS?

Local Area Plans are proposed for the following areas:

A - Mill Bay (Click for map)

B - Shawnigan Lake (Click for map)

C - Cobble Hill (Click for map)

D - Cowichan Bay (Click for map)

D/E - Eagle Heights/ Koksilah Village (Click for map)

F - Honeymoon Bay/ Mesachie Lake (Click for map)

G - Saltair (Click for map)

H - Diamond (Click for map)

I - Youbou/ Meade Creek (Click for map)


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MODERNIZED LOCAL AREA PLANS AND THE HARMONIZED LOCAL AREA PLANS?


CONSULTATION TO DATE

Fall 2022 & Winter 2023

Area A, B & C Ideas Fair was held at Cobble Hill Farmer's Institute on Nov 5th with more than 300 attendees.

Area E/F (Sahtlam), Area G (Saltair), Area D/E (Cowichan Bay, Eagles Height/Koksilah Village), Area I (Youbou/Meade Creek), Area H (North Oyster/Diamond), Area F (Honeymoon Bay/Mesachie Lake) Ideas Fairs were held in February 2023 with more than 500 attendees.

Fall 2023

Thank you to the 400 in person participants and 200 completed surveys for Local Area Plan Step 1 Future Visioning Ideas Fairs! Your input is invaluable!

The survey is now closed, but you can still submit comments at planyourcowichan@cvrd.ca.

Spring 2024

CVRD is consulting with the Advisory Planning Commission and First Nations on Local Area Plan scenarios.

What is a scenario?

Scenarios are a process of imagining options for the future that better meet a community’s needs and achieve their goals. They are used to explore possibilities and test potential impacts of selected actions to create more complete communities. They may include single or combined actions, such as extension of trail connectivity, changing zoning, or other factors to estimate potential impacts. Through the process, trade-offs between different actions can be discussed and compared to better inform recommendations for moving forward.


LAP DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE

COMPLETE COMMUNITIES

The CVRD has been successful in receiving a grant from the Union of BC Municipalities to prepare complete community assessments for all CVRD Local Area Plans.

Most complete communities have several key elements:

  • Diversity of housing options
  • Proximity of housing and employment to daily needs
  • Transportation options
  • Efficient use of infrastructure

In a regional district, complete communities could be seen as the hubs that are part of a connected network. The creation of more complete communities may enhance “hub areas” with a range of needed services and amenities.

Creating more complete communities works best when these elements are considered together. Assessing a community’s completeness through mapping and analyzing these key elements, and their relationship to each other can support advancing a community’s identified goals.

This work involves three phases, which correlate with Steps 1, 2, and 3 of the LAP process.

Phase 1/Step 1:

  • Review of Community Context
  • Data Collection
  • Spatial Analysis of Daily Needs, Transportation, Infrastructure, Housing.

Phase 2/Step 2: (In Progress)

  • Assessment of strengths, opportunities, challenges
  • Determine potential actions
  • Creation of scenarios to test potential actions
  • Engagement with experts, Indigenous Nations

Phase 3/Step 3:

  • Develop Implementation Plan per Local Area Plan
  • Develop monitoring metrics & reporting per Local Area Plan.
  • Engagement on draft Local Area Plans.
Page last updated: 12 Feb 2024, 12:35 PM