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 |
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”
February 2021 – March 2021
| Phase 5 |
March 2021 – April 2021
OCP Final Adoption
May 2021 – June 2021
Extensive consultation and public engagement with stakeholders and the community will be needed to collectively develop an overall vision and future path forward for the city. Numerous engagement opportunities will enable input into the process.
Planning & Development Services Manager
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.