The Village of Pemberton has announced the public launch of the Official Community Plan (OCP) Review and is inviting the community to get involved and help shape the future of Pemberton to 2050.
An OCP communicates the community’s vision, goals, and objectives. It also outlines long-term development plans for the community and guides planning and land use management. The Village’s existing OCP was adopted in 2011 and much has changed within the community and the surrounding area since that time.
“The OCP Review is a strategic priority of the Village of Pemberton Council. The new OCP will guide growth and development to 2050,” said Mayor Mike Richman. “This Review is an opportunity to identify our vision as a community and develop a roadmap to achieve that vision. We would love the Pemberton community to get involved and join us in this important work to help determine the future of Pemberton.”
The Village invites the community to contribute to the OCP Review process by attending a Community Open House on Monday, March 6, 2023 at 4:30 pm-7:30 pm at the Pemberton and District Community Centre.
The Open House will include a 20-minute presentation by the Village’s planning consultants at 5 pm with small group discussions to follow. Presentation boards (with interactive activities) will be on display throughout the evening for those who can drop by for a short time only.
The community is also invited to participate in a Kitchen Table Discussion – an informal conversation with family, friends, neighbours about how Pemberton could develop to 2050. Kitchen Table Discussion Packages are available at the Village Office and Pemberton and District Community Centre to guide these discussions.
“The OCP Review will address a number of important priorities in the Pemberton community such as reconciliation, environmental sustainability and community resilience, housing and, our local economy,” said Kevin Clark, OCP Review Committee Chair. “It is critical that we consider these important topics as we look to the future and we hope the community will get involved.”
The OCP Review is an opportunity to strengthen the Village’s relationship with Lil’wat Nation and to advance truth and reconciliation within the community. The OCP will build on other municipal and regional planning initiatives including, but not limited to, the Community Climate Action Plan, Pemberton Valley Recreation Trails Master Plan, and the Age-Friendly Affordable Housing Action Plan.