The RDEK Board of Directors will be determining the next steps in the Jaffray & Elko Area Official Community Plan (OCP) and South Country Zoning Bylaw process at its July Board Meeting.
In April, the RDEK presented the first draft of the OCP and zoning bylaw during Open Houses in Jaffray and Elko and held an eight week comment period to gather community feedback. “We received a wide range of input on the first draft, including verbal and written submissions, comment forms, and two petitions,” says Planning & Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod. “Staff have been compiling that feedback, answering questions and considering revisions to the draft in response to the feedback received to date.”
Following the comment period, the original plan was for the RDEK to make revisions and then hold a second round of public information meetings to share the revised drafts. However, due to some of the feedback received, the Board will now be asked to provide direction on how to proceed from here. “Three options on how to proceed will be presented to the Board at the July Board Meeting and we will await the Board’s direction,” adds McLeod.
The Jaffray & Elko Area OCP planning process was initiated in September 2015. Consultation leading up to the preparation of the draft OCP and zoning bylaw included two surveys, two preliminary community meetings, six Community Planning workshops, consultation with the Advisory Group, and stakeholder meetings.
For more information on the OCP and the process to date, visit www.rdek.bc.ca and select the Jaffray and Elko Area OCP link under Current Projects. Copies of the Request for Decision and Information Report are available as part of the Planning & Development Services committee Agenda Package (under the meetings tab on the website).