October 2019 North Thompson Community Plan:
The first draft of the North Thompson Official Community Plan (OCP) is ready for public review and comment. To view the draft OCP document, click here.
What Is This Project All About?
A new North Thompson Official Community Plan (NTOCP) is being developed for all areas encompassing Electoral Areas "A", "B" and "O".
An OCP is a policy document that BC local governments use in land use planning and decision making – for example, when considering subdivision or rezoning. OCPs are one of the TNRD’s planning tools; others include zoning bylaws, Regional Growth Strategy, and special planning studies including the TNRD Lakeshore Development Guidelines and Fringe Area Policy.The TNRD presently has 11 OCPs covering the most populated areas.
The purpose of an OCP is to guide future land use and development in a given area. They contain comprehensive and integrated policies providing direction, setting out community priorities, and providing a level of certainty for what will happen in your community. OCPs are not another kind of zoning bylaw and are not regulatory; rather OCPs are visionary – they deal more with the future as opposed to the present - and focus on a specific geographic area.
The TNRD Board of Directors (Board) adopted the first Official Regional Plan in 1979. From this plan evolved the first long-range planning initiatives for the North Thompson, including the Barriere and Clearwater Settlement Plans (OSP), both adopted by the Board in 1982.
The OSPs offered the first area specific objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use. The Blue River and Avola OCPs were subsequently developed and adopted in 1994. The two OSPs were reviewed in the early 1990s, culminating in the adoption of the Barriere and Clearwater OCPs in 1996. In the early 1990s, four OCPs were developed and approved for Blue River, Avola, Barriere and Clearwater. Since their approval, the noted OCPs have never been fully reviewed and rewritten. The District of Clearwater and District of Barriere were incorporated in 2007 and have since developed their own municipal OCPs. Much has changed over the past 25 years, and we now intend to develop a broader OCP covering Electoral Areas “A”, “B” and “O".
Click here to view the North Thompson Official Community Plan Background Report.
Existing OCPs from the North Thompson may be viewed at the following links:
Avola Official Community Plan
Barriere Official Community Plan
Blue River Official Community Plan
Clearwater Official Community Plan
Mapping for the whole TNRD, including all three Electoral Areas, is available here: Web mapping
Where are we now? Progress to date
September 2017: A Community Survey has been prepared and mailed to all property owners in the proposed North Thompson Official Community Plan area not including residents of the District of Barriere or District of Clearwater. Survey results will help prepare us for community consultation by telling us your concerns and priorities. Resident’s opinions are important and will help us create a better community plan.
January 2018: Survey deadline was extended to January 31 due to mailing issues for some communities.
February–March 2018: Community Survey data compiled and forwarded to the OCP Advisory Committee for review and comment. Public consultation meetings being planned for Summer and Fall 2018.
June 2018: Community Survey response summary is available here for online viewing or download.
June 20, 2018: Public meetings to be held at 4pm at the Avola Schoolhouse and at 7pm at the Blue River Community Hall, to discuss a mix of community issues including the proposed new North Thompson Official Community Plan.
August 29, 2018: Public meetings to be held at 2pm at 5149 East Barriere Lake Forest Service Rd and 7pm at the Little Fort Community Hall.
January-February 2019: Consultation meetings with secondary school students in the North Thompson.
May 1, 2019: Public meeting to be held at 6:30pm at 89 Vavenby Bridge Rd at the Vavenby Community Hall. For the Public Meeting Notice, click here
May 15, 2019: Public meeting to be held at 6:30pm at 155 Ferry Rd at the Blackpool Hall. For the Public Meeting Notice, click here
June 2019: The Overall Community Survey response summary was previously made available in June 2018. Individual Community Survey response summaries are now available below for online viewing or download.
October 2019: The first draft of the North Thompson Official Community Plan (OCP) is ready for public review and comment. To view the draft OCP document, click here. To view the draft OCP maps, click here. For this first draft, feel free to provide any comments or questions to email@example.com before December 1, 2019. Next steps include Board review in December 2019 and second round of public meetings in early 2020.
December 2019: North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 was given First Reading by the TNRD Board of Directors at their regular meeting on December 12, 2019. The December 12 Board Report and Bylaw 2700 may be viewed here. Please note that links to the Schedule/OCP document and OCP maps are available at the bottom of page 1 of the December 12 Board Report.
January 2020: The public release of the draft OCP has generated many questions and comments. To coherently respond to key topics and frequent questions in a coordinated manner, we have summarized the questions and prepared responses in the following FAQ Sheet. To view the FAQ Sheet, click here.
April 2020: Planning Services had planned to host community meetings on April 22 in Chu Chua, May 5 in Blue River and May 6 in Little Fort to review the North Thompson OCP to date. Due to the current pandemic setting, we inform that these meetings are cancelled. Our hope is to reschedule these meetings at a more appropriate time pending direction from the Provincial Medical Health Officer.
Additionally, we had also planned our last OCP community meeting for Saturday, May 16 at Barriere Forks Park to best accommodate those visiting the area over the May long weekend. At this time, we will keep his date open; however, we will monitor the Provincial health orders and determine two weeks ahead (May 1) whether this date will be maintained.
May 2020: Further to our April update where Planning Services advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the planned North Thompson OCP review meetings in Chu Chua, Blue River and Little Fort were cancelled. We also reported that we would hold off on cancelling the May 16 meeting at Barriere Forks Park with the hopes that the Provincial orders regarding gatherings may change. Fortunately, we believe the anticipated turn out for this meeting may exceed 50 persons. Unfortunately, these anticipated attendance numbers will exceed the Province’s maximum for a gathering at this time. Accordingly, we have made the decision to cancel the May 16 meeting. Our hope is to reschedule this and the other meetings at a more appropriate time pending direction from the Provincial Medical Health Officer. We once again thank you for your continued interest in this important planning project.
* Please keep checking the website for future OCP public consultation meetings.