South Cariboo area OCP survey open

Area residents asked to provide input for future development

If you are a resident of the South Cariboo area, the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) wants your input.

The South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan (OCP) update process is well underway and a community survey is now available and can be completed online or on paper.

A strong OCP update process relies heavily on resident participation and community support, and it helps steer the development of the area, says CRD chair and Electoral Area G Director Al Richmond.

“OCP updates are community focused and this is your chance to participate in updating the OCP to ensure it meets the needs of present day and long into our future.”

The survey will be open until April 15 and asks residents to comment on the challenges facing the South Cariboo today.

The OCP looks at how to cope with an aging population facing limited local transportation options, opportunities for economic development, the importance of protecting agricultural and rangeland, environmental protection and a changing climate.

The survey also focuses on what residents like about the South Cariboo Area, but also what needs to be improved.

To access the survey, visit cariboord.ca and select the South Cariboo Area OCP link on the home page, or visit the CRD office in 100 Mile House at Unit 3-170 Cedar Ave. to pick up a paper copy.

The OCP Update is expected to be completed this fall, and includes the communities of 108 Mile Ranch and 93-97 Mile areas in Electoral Area G; Gateway, Buffalo Creek, Forest Grove, Ruth Lake and Canim Lake in Electoral Area H, and Lone Butte and Horse Lake in Electoral Area L.

The OCP Update is being led by planning and environmental consultants working with the CRD Development Services Department (DSD) and residents from the South Cariboo area.

For more information, call the CRD’s DSD at 250-392-3351 or 1-800-665-1636. Regular project updates will be provided on the CRD’s website, on Facebook at facebook.com/CaribooRegion or on twitter at @CaribooRD.