Elk Valley Official Community Plan Adopted

The Elk Valley Official Community Plan (OCP) has been adopted by the RDEK Board of Directors.

“This OCP balances land management, community growth and the environment and I would like to thank the community for its participation and feedback over the last 13 months,” says Electoral Area A Director Mike Sosnowski. “I would also like to acknowledge the many hours of work put in by RDEK staff. These plans are comprehensive and complex documents that require a lot of time and effort to prepare, both on the part of the staff and the communities involved. I appreciate the time and energy everyone has invested to see this process to completion.”

The planning process began in September 2013 and the OCP was formally adopted by the Board today. It replaces the 25 year old Elk Valley Land Use Strategy and more recent 2006 Fernie Area Land Use Strategy and establishes a long range vision for land use change in the rural parts of the Elk Valley. “It was time to replace the old Land Use Plans with an OCP that reflects the community’s current vision and provides a direction and framework for future development in the plan area,” adds Sosnowski.

Anyone looking for more information on the Elk Valley OCP can visit the RDEK’s website at www.rdek.bc.ca or contact the Planning & Development Services Department at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335.