View Royal Official Community Plan Update

Project Overview
Project Process & Timeline
Background
Community Consultation
Documents, Reports & Presentations
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Project Overview

Starting in August 2021, the Town of View Royal is updating our Official Community Plan (OCP). Last updated in 2011, the OCP provides a long-term vision for the community and high-level guidance for future planning and development. 

The OCP update process is an opportunity to identify what residents value most, what their visions are for future growth, and how to prepare for and direct change. In the end, the OCP will provide guidance for future planning and investment through policies that are structured to steward and protect what is cherished.

This project will take a participatory approach that will engage citizens, stakeholders, adjacent municipalities, provincial agencies, Esquimalt Nation, and Songhees Nation.

The project is led by the Town of View Royal with support from EcoPlan International, a community planning consultant.

Project Process & Timeline

This project is taking place between August 2021 and June 2022.

Background

The current OCP has served the Town of View Royal well, so this work will be an update and not a major re-write. Still, there are some important issues and topics that require attention, feedback from the community, and focus in the updated OCP.  Some of the key areas that Council and staff identified for additional review include:

  1. Housing Matters: View Royal housing needs, diversity, and options
  2. Placemaking: Neighbourhoods centres and urban design
  3. Preparing for Change: Climate change and resilience
  4. Moving Around: Transportation and the ways we get around
  5. A Healthy Local Economy: A more resilient and diverse local economy
  6. Our Natural Connections: Parks, protected areas, and shorelines

The OCP update process is an opportunity to explore these topics (and others) in more detail and to get community feedback on how we can best prepare for and direct change.

Community Consultation

Phase 1 Consultation - September to November 2021

Thank you for all who participated in Phase 1 Consultation from September to November 2021. We heard from about 260 community members about what is cherished today, and what is desired for View Royal’s future 20+ years from now. The 'What we Heard - Phase 1 Consultation Report' summarizes emerging themes on community vision. 

What We Heard - Phase 1 Consultation Report [PDF - 9 MB]

Phase 2 Consultation - January to February 2022

This next phase will engage with community members to ask ‘how we grow’. The consultation will ask residents their perspectives on:

  • what housing forms might be considered a good fit for View Royal’s future;
  • what does the transition between existing single family residential neighbourhoods and commercial mixed use areas look like; and
  • as View Royal grows, what conditions would support quality of life such as outdoor gathering spaces, landscaping/streetscapes, transportation and infrastructure?

Attend an Online Workshop (Complete)

View Royal hosted three 1.5 hour online workshops to hear community members' views on ‘how we grow’.  

  • Workshop #1 – Monday, January 31, 2022 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • Workshop #2 – Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Workshop #3 – Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Online Survey #2 (Complete)

Online Survey #2 asked residents for their perspectives on what building typologies and designs would be considered a good fit for View Royal’s future, what transitions and designs would support good fit with existing neighbourhoods, and what conditions would support quality of life as the community grows.

Documents, Reports & Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions

 

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