Official Community Plan

Get Ready, It’s Time To Start Planning!

The City of Merritt is currently updating the Official Community Plan (OCP). Reviewing and updating an OCP takes time – here’s what you can expect:

| Phase 1 |

Project Kick-off Engagement Plan Development

May – July 2020

| Phase 2 |

Background Analysis

July – August 2020

| Phase 3 |

Public Engagement Events

September – November 2020

| Phase 4 |

Draft OCP Development

December 2020 – February 2021

Report Back “What We Heard”
Engagement Events

February 2021 – March 2021

| Phase 5 |

OCP Finalization

March 2021 – April 2021

OCP Final Adoption
Public Hearing

May 2021 – June 2021

Get involved!

We want to hear from you! Extensive consultation with community members is needed to collectively develop an overall vision and path forward for the city. Numerous online engagement opportunities will enable you to provide input into the process. The first round of engagement will begin October 5th.

Survey

To complete the Official Community Plan survey, click the link below. The survey closes October 19th.

[link to OCP Survey coming soon]

OCP Launch Week Events

To virtually attend any of the following events, please RSVP to planning@merritt.ca or 250-378-8615 with your name, phone number and the event(s) you’d like to attend. To view details of each workshop listed below, click on the listed workshop.

To help us respect COVID-19 limits, registration is required by October 2, 2020. When your registration is confirmed, you will be provided with details.

Check back often for details of additional events happening this Fall!

Due to COVID-19, the events below will now be held virtually.

Details will be confirmed upon registration.

Ideas Fair

Come join us for a celebration of local art, music, food, and beverages.

Event 1: Monday, October 5th 5:00 – 6:30pm, and

Event 2: Monday, October 5th 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Each session 30 people maximum.

North Bench Neighbourhood Development Plan Workshops

Interested in the North Bench lands? Come provide your ideas for the area, and hear what other residents are saying.

Event 3: Tuesday, October 6th 5:00 – 6:00pm, and

Event 4: Tuesday, October 6th 7:00 – 8:00pm.

Each session 30 people maximum.

Business and Economic Development Workshop

Have ideas on how to diversify the local economy? This event is for you!

Event 5: Wednesday, October 7th 5:00 – 6:00pm.

20 people maximum.

Infrastructure and Climate Change Workshop

Concerned about the impacts of climate change and the affects on local infrastructure? Join us for this event!

Event 6: Wednesday, October 7th 5:00 – 6:00pm.

10 people maximum.

Land Use and Housing Workshop

Interested in housing and development? Come be part of the conversation on how to grow the community!

Event 7: October 7th 5:00 – 6:00pm.

20 people maximum.

Community Visioning Workshop

Have ideas on what Merritt should look like in 2040? This is the workshop for you!

Event 8: October 7th 7:00–8:30pm.

30 people maximum.

Downtown Walking Tour

The City is creating an Active Transportation Plan. Come learn more about it and provide your input on this walking tour of the city.

Event 9: October 8th 3:00 – 4:00 pm.

10 people maximum.

Downtown Biking Tour

The City is creating an Active Transportation Plan. Come learn more about it and provide your input on this biking tour of the city.

Event 10: October 8th 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

10 person maximum.

Poverty Reduction and Food Security Workshop

Wondering how to address the issues facing vulnerable people in our community? Come join the discussion!

Event 11: October 9th 3:00 – 5:00pm.

10 people maximum.

City Pop-Up Booth at the Farmer's Market on Quilchena Ave.

Have a question about the Official Community Plan? Or want to provide your ideas? Come say hello at the Nicola Valley Farmer’s Market!

Event 12: October 10th 9:30 am – 2:00pm.

No registration required.

Quilchena Avenue at Voght Street

CONTACT

Don McArthur
Planning & Development Services Manager
planning@merritt.ca

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers (FAQ):

Why are we updating the Official Community Plan (OCP)?

Previously updated in 2011, Merritt’s OCP has been in effect for 9 years. Merritt has experienced some significant economic and social shifts over the past 9 years, requiring a review and update of the City’s existing documentation. Updating the OCP is an exciting process where goals, priorities, hopes, and dreams are each explored, woven into policy, and concretely realized over time. In undertaking a review and update of the Merritt Official Community Plan, the consultant team along with the City of Merritt and its stakeholders will work collectively to develop a plan that speaks to the unique qualities of the City and needs of its residents. The update will ensure regulatory conformity with the Local Government Act and will ensure that alignment is achieved with all plans that fall under its umbrella.

What is the purpose of an Official Community Plan?

An OCP is the guiding document for the City. It includes a vision for the community and high-level policies which provide guidance on how residents would like the community to grow and develop over the next 20 years. An OCP update can be thought of as an opportunity to take stock and establish a balanced vision for the City, with the plan acting as the supportive conduit for the goals and objectives of City administration, Council, business owners, stakeholders, and members of the community. Using the collective energy of everyone involved in the reimagination of the OCP, we will jointly create a guiding document that is easily implemented and grounded in the support received from key user groups.

What is included in an Official Community Plan?

As the guiding document for the City of Merritt, the OCP will outline policies for numerous topics, including: Land Use and Housing; Economic Development; Transportation and Active Transportation; Infrastructure; Emergency Services; Parks and Recreation; Arts and Culture; Climate Change; Food Security; and Poverty Reduction.