Feb 17, 2021

Ladysmith Council appoints Official Community Plan Steering Committee members

Ladysmith Council is pleased to announce the 17 community members appointed to the Official Community Plan (OCP) Review Steering Committee as it continues to make progress on this important strategic priority.

An OCP Review is an important engagement and planning process completed every 5-10 years, or as required, in order to help shape the growth and direction of the town.

The community members appointed to the Steering Committee will help to guide and shape the direction of the review while bringing their expertise from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Council appointed members based on an application process and their respective qualifications to represent sectors identified in the Steering Committee’s Terms of Reference.   

“On behalf of Council, thank you to all of the applicants for your interest in serving our community. We value your insight and dedication to our Town,” said Mayor Aaron Stone. 

“The OCP Steering Committee will play a key role in guiding the review process by providing feedback to staff, consultants and Council as we all strive to make Ladysmith a resilient and progressive place to live and do business.”

Consulting contract for OCP Review awarded

At its meeting on February 2, 2021, Council awarded the contract for the OCP Review to Ahne Studio.  

The firm’s principle and founder Jennifer Fix was project lead for DIALOG during the creation of the Waterfront Area Plan.  

The WAP received an Excellence in Policy Planning – Small Town & Rural Areas Award from the Planning Institute of British Columbia.  It also received a Brownie Award in the ‘Reach Out’ category for communications, marketing and public engagement.

“Ahne Studio and our broader consulting team are thrilled to be working with the Town of Ladysmith on this generational opportunity to shape the future of the community. The Waterfront Area Plan process left a mark on us,” said Ahne Studio’s Jennifer Fix.  “We were inspired by the way that Ladysmith residents and Stz’uminus First Nation members came together to create that Plan, and we are honoured to have the opportunity to once again work with these partners.”

The OCP Steering Committee will convene for its first meeting with Ahne Studio consultants in the near future.

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