OCP Review Citizens Committee

A Citizens Committee of approximately two dozen Area F residents has been created to help guide the OCP review process (recall the January call for applications).  The role of the committee is 

[...] as a community sounding board and as communication agents to talk to their neighbours and friends, etc.  We don’t expect them to go through policy by policy but to advise on the larger picture goals.

Members of the committee were selected to represent a cross-section of Area F residents in terms of:

  1. geographic location within the electoral area
  2. demographics (age, gender, etc.)


In addition, a serious effort was made by RDOS planning staff to appoint members with different outlooks and who represent different sub-constituencies in Area F.  For example, some members are known to be pro-development while others are known to be interested in conservation.

The kick-off meeting for the Citizens Committee is 24 May, 2017 at 6 PM at the RDOS.  Although all meetings are public, the first meeting will be more of an orientation and onboarding for committee members.  Policy discussions, open houses, debates, and so on are a ways off yet.


As you may or may not be aware, there is a brewing battle on the West Bench between what I call West Bench traditionalists and West Bench industrialists.  This has led to a question via email:

Are the existing selected applicants for the citizens committe in the 'light industrial category' or supporters of that activity?  If that is the case I recommend you seek more applicants for the 'citizens' committee. This emphasis on the committee would lead to the perception of a biased committee.  

At some point the names of the committee members will be made public (we have to meet first and see who actually shows up!)  I think you will see that a views across the spectrum are well represented.

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