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

Housing Needs Report

In partnership with the TNRD and M’akola Development Services, and with input from Council, community stakeholders and residents, a Housing Needs Report has been developed. Thank you to residents and community stakeholders for your input and feedback into the development of the report.

A Housing Needs Report is a provincially mandated document that identifies key housing needs within the community and proposes recommendations on how to address those needs. The report will also be used to inform housing policies in the Official Community Plan.

Food Security Assessment

As part of the Official Community Plan Update project, a Food Security Assessment Report is being created. Recommendations from the report will help inform OCP policy development. Feedback on the draft report can be provided to planning@merritt.ca until April 22, 2021. To view the draft report, click the link below.

Official Community Plan Survey

The first OCP survey is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated.  A summary of the survey results will be posted soon.  Please check back in the new year for additional opportunities to participate.

 

Past Events

Committee of the Whole Meeting – OCP Neighbourhoods & Development Permit Areas

The event was held on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021.

Committee of the Whole Meeting – OCP Policies

The event was held on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

Committee of the Whole Meeting – OCP Visioning

The event was held on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021.

Neighbourhood Specific Workshops

The neighbourhood-specific workshops were held in November 2020.  Please check back for an engagement summary that will be published in the spring of 2021.

Business and Economic Development Webinar

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Land Use and Housing Webinar

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Infrastructure and Climate Change Workshop

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Poverty Reduction and Food Security Workshop

This event was held on Friday, October 9th, 2020

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

This event was held on October 10th, 2020.

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.