North Thompson OCP

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.

Background

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:

Mapping for the whole TNRD, including all three Electoral Areas, is available here: Web mapping

Progress to date

November 16, 2020

The Public Hearing written submission deadline has now passed. To view all Public Hearing written submissions, click here. 

To view the meeting agenda and for additional information see the November 9, 2020 update below. All persons who believe that their interest in property may be affected by the proposed Bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing.  The Public Hearing will be held at the Blackpool Community Hall at 155 Ferry Road, in Blackpool, BC, on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm. Anyone wishing to attend the public hearing in person or via telephone to speak may do so. Please contact Planning Services before the Hearing to confirm attendance or to receive the toll free number and access code for the teleconference. 

November 9, 2020

North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 is going to Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm. The Public Hearing will be held at the Blackpool Community Hall at 155 Ferry Road, in Blackpool, BC. The following links are to the Agenda for the North Thompson Official Community Plan (OCP) Delegated Public Hearing.  Please note that the Agenda has been broken down into separate links due to size. Some of the links are large and may take several minutes to load.

As stated in the Public Hearing Ad, written submissions can be received up until Monday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Information Booklet (in lieu of PowerPoint)
Information Booklet

October 27, 2020

North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 is going to Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The Public Hearing will be held at the Blackpool Community Hall at 155 Ferry Road, in Blackpool, BC. The Notice of Public Hearing may be viewed here.

October 15, 2020

North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 was given Second Reading by the TNRD Board of Directors at their regular meeting on October 15, 2020. The October 15th Board Report and Bylaw 2700 may be viewed here. For the Schedule/OCP document click here. For the OCP maps click here.

Please note that links to the Schedule/OCP document and OCP maps are also available at the bottom of page 1 of the October 15th Board Report.

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.

Background

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:

Mapping for the whole TNRD, including all three Electoral Areas, is available here: Web mapping

Progress to date

November 9, 2020


 

Agenda Cover
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/aeea67800/zpfgzv68-2f4rrkc7-5t4nsxjn-np93jcrv

Public Hearing Ad
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/30e3ac770/m9uxyvs8-enpj2nqm-trwdaz87-5uhi7qye

2nd Reading Board Report, including Bylaw 2700
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/4494d1270/ngmftca7-95eddq3y-gr2hwjcn-eaz9s6jc

2nd Reading OCP (Schedule ‘A’ of Bylaw 2700)
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/e83f74e30/bbq7brqm-d6f7uxrm-3y7jgtyp-tyx6dtrj

OCP maps
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/75fdb1db0/ewswh29p-a3d4rpbg-dg77dqab-qvs7fwpv

Written Public Hearing Submissions received as of Nov 9th Agenda Publication
https://ln2.sync.com/dl/b4b094d70/bkn59az3-66tqwcnz-kkjusrmd-fddt8p8i

As stated in the Public Hearing Ad, written submissions can be received up until Monday, November 16th at 9:00 a.m.

October 27, 2020

North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 is going to Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 beginning at 6:30 pm. The Public Hearing will be held at the Blackpool Community Hall at 155 Ferry Road, in Blackpool, BC. The following links are to the Agenda for the North Thompson Official Community Plan (OCP) Delegated Public Hearing.  Please note that the Agenda has been broken down into separate links due to size. Some of the links are large and may take several minutes to load.
North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 is going to Public Hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The Public Hearing will be held at the Blackpool Community Hall at 155 Ferry Road, in Blackpool, BC. The Notice of Public Hearing may be viewed here.

 

October 15, 2020

North Thompson Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2700 was given Second Reading by the TNRD Board of Directors at their regular meeting on October 15, 2020. The October 15th Board Report and Bylaw 2700 may be viewed here. For the Schedule/OCP document click here. For the OCP maps click here.

Please note that links to the Schedule/OCP document and OCP maps are also available at the bottom of page 1 of the October 15th Board Report.

In response to our invitation to attend our proposed Little Fort Community meeting on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, at 3:00 pm, we received very few responses from the public. For this reason, we are cancelling the September 30 Little Fort meeting.

We want to continue to reach out to those who wanted to attend or have any questions about the progress of this planning project. For those who are interested, we developed a short 15 minute narrated presentation which may be viewed above.

For those unable to attend our Fall 2020 open houses, please watch the above narrated, generic PowerPoint presentation from the comfort of your home or office. This presentation provides a general overview of the OCP development to date.

Planning Services continues to refine the text and content of the OCP as a result of ongoing public consultation. Proposed changes to the Development Permit and Temporary Use Permits are hereby provided. To view the proposed changes to the Development Permit section, click here. To view the proposed changes to the Temporary Use Permit section, click here.

Public meeting to be held at 11:00 am at 3180 Barriere Lakes Road – east of Barriere, at the Barriere Forks Regional Park. BC’s Covid 19 guidelines to be followed, and rsvp to confirm number of attendees is requested. For more details and to view the Public Meeting Notice, click here.

* Please keep checking the website for future OCP public consultation meetings.

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.  

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.

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.

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. For the Schedule/OCP document click here. For the OCP maps click here.

Please note that links to the Schedule/OCP document and OCP maps are also available at the bottom of page 1 of the December 12 Board Report.

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 planning@tnrd.ca before December 1, 2019. Next steps include Board review in December 2019 and second round of public meetings in early 2020.

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.

Adams Lake Avola Barriere and Area Birch Island Blackpool Blue River Brennan Creek Chinook Cove
Clearwater and Area Darfield Dixon Creek Area East Barriere Lake East Blackpool Heffley-Louis Creek Little Fort Louis Creek
McMurphy North Barriere Lake South Barriere Lake Unknown Locations Upper Clearwater Valley Vavenby Vinsulla  

Public meeting to be held at 6:30pm at 155 Ferry Rd at the Blackpool Hall. For the Public Meeting Notice, click here

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

Consultation meetings with secondary school students in the North Thompson.

Public meetings to be held at 2pm at 5149 East Barriere Lake Forest Service Rd and 7pm at the Little Fort Community Hall.

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.

Community Survey response summary is available here for online viewing or download

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.

Survey deadline was extended to January 31 due to mailing issues for some communities.

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.

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