Victoria, British Columbia’s prioritized participation in its comprehensive plan update, engaging more than 6,000 citizens through a variety of creative events and techniques.
Victoria, BC’s Official Community Plan (OCP), needed a change of direction. With issues like growth, housing availability, infrastructure needs, and environmental concerns becoming greater threats to long-term sustainability, the City and Citizen Advisory committee decided to solicit public input. The City engaged over 6,000 people in drafting the new vision for Victoria.
First, citizens identified community values that helped guide the direction of the Plan. Values include age-friendly planning, ecological consciousness, downtown vibrancy, and increased public engagement. In the second year, citizens provided feedback on the proposed draft. Over 1,300 people contributed, participating in 57 events. The City hopes to release the new, revised, Official Community Plan in early 2012.
Victoria's community engagement methods included: