Phase 2 of Squamish’s Official Community Plan update invites residents to dive deep into early policy directions and trade-offs

MODUS Planning, Design and Engagement is working on Squamish 2040, the Official Community Plan (OCP) update for the District of Squamish. More than 1,200 Squamish residents shared their ideas for the future in Phase 1 of the Official Community Plan update. Phase 2 of the update process officially launches today, with two main initiatives – resident-hosted OCPizza parties, and a public workshop focused around small group discussions on key topics. 

During Phase 2, residents are asked to dive deeper into these early policy directions and discuss key options and trade-offs as Squamish’s future plan is shaped. Residents are being asked to host or attend “OCPizza Parties” – discussion sessions designed for small groups of friends, colleagues or neighbours, guided by an OCP Workbook.  Three workbooks in total include draft policy directions on topics grouped into three main themes: A Growing Squamish; A Resilient Squamish; and A Thriving Squamish.

“Some of the best conversations and ideas are generated when sitting around the dining table with friends, and the OCPizza Parties are a way to harness this energy for the future success of our community,” says District of Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman. “Get your friends and neighbours together and have a passionate conversation about our future. It’s easy and fun, and it will ensure that our OCP is truly a made-in-Squamish plan!”

Smart growth, local economy and jobs, affordable and diverse housing, sustainable environment and recreation, local and regional transportation, and sense of community were the key themes that emerged from Phase 1 of the update. Phase 1 activities included a series of stakeholder interviews, a questionnaire, workshops with Squamish Nation members, municipal staff and Howe Sound Secondary School students, as well as a Public Visioning Event that attracted over 350 attendees.

A detailed report highlighting the results from Phase 1 can be found online.

The Official Community Plan sets the vision, objectives, goals and priorities for future growth in Squamish and includes tools and policies that will guide future planning decisions on new developments, jobs, housing and the environment. The current OCP was adopted in 2010.

For more information on hosting an OCPizza Party and general information about Phase 2, visit squamish.ca/ocp.