The City of Fort St. John is updating its Official Community Plan called Our Vision Our Future.
The City is inviting citizens to participate in the creation of a community vision to guide decision-making for the future – a document called the Official Community Plan or OCP. Throughout the year the City will be asking for citizens’ participation to help inform Fort St. John’s vision by telling us what you like about our existing OCP and what you would like to see moving forward.
“Fort St John’s Official Community Plan is the vision for the community that we, as citizens of the community, seek to create. As we go through the process of developing our OCP, it is essential that your voice is heard on what you want to preserve, enhance, change or improve.” – Mayor Lori Ackerman.
What is an Official Community Plan?
An Official Community Plan is the highest level policy document – it informs and guides how the community grows for the next 15+ years.
The Official Community Plan should be a visionary and future oriented document that answers:
What do we want our community to be in the future?
How are we going to get there?
Why is it Important?
The current Official Community Plan was adopted in 2011. Since that time, a lot has happened in Fort St. John, including implementing of a variety of new master plans, strategies and other policies.
When complete, the new Official Community Plan will provide a clear guide for Council, City staff, community members, developers, government agencies, industries, businesses and other stakeholders to shape Fort St. John as it grows into the future towards 2030.
How to Get Involved?
The City is providing a number of opportunities for people to participate in the process – some of which include: “Let’s Talk – Community Engagement” social media, workshops, World Cafes, booths at community events and surveys. You can find the event listing and all of the information on the project here on the “Let’s Talk – Community Engagement” site, in the City’s Community Calendar, or below.
Phase 2: Community Engagement – Visioning
June 14 to 16: World Cafes at Whole Wheat and Honey – Complete.
Community Event Booths, Graffiti Walls, Visioning Sessions, Surveys – Complete.
Highlights from the OCP Visioning Summary Report
The Summary Report captures all the input heard from the community through the various community engagement activities held in June and early July.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our engagement activities! Over 120 surveys have been completed to-date; 7 Graffiti Wall Stations, 3 World Cafes, 3 days of Stakeholder Visioning Sessions, a Council Workshop and an engagement booth at the Canada Day festivities at Centennial Park.
Four overarching themes emerged from this visioning phase which includes: Quality of Life; Balance; Diversity; and Implementation. Check out the full Summary Report for more information.
Where are we at?
Phase 3: Drafting of the Official Community Plan – WE ARE HERE!
The project is currently in Phase 3 – the drafting of the Official Community Plan document and mapping. This phase has been underway since July 2016. An update was provided at a Committee of the Whole Council meeting on August 22nd, 2016 followed by a workshop with Council to help inform key areas of the draft OCP document. As part of this phase and to initiate Phase 4, the OCP team will be at the MOOSE FM Block Party on Saturday September 10th, 2016 to share an update on the draft work completed so far. Following the completion of the draft, it will then be ready to present to the community for input (Phase 4).
In Phase 4, community engagement will be held to get input on the draft Official Community Plan document and mapping, at various events throughout the Fall of 2016. The first of these events include sharing an update on the work completed so far at the MOOSE FM Block Party this Saturday September 10th. Be sure to check out the Community Calendar for upcoming events.
Send questions to staff via email to email@example.com, post in the Discussions section (above right), or phone Renee Jamurat, Planning Manager at (250) 787-8150. ‘Like us’ on the City’s Facebook page or @fortstjohn on Twitter to stay up to date on this process.
For more information, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet.
Be a part of the conversation for Our Vision, Our Future!