OCP Review

December 2019 Update: Upcoming Phase 2 Town Centre Event

The public open house for the Town Centre topic will be at the White Rock Community Centre (Presentation Hall) on December 10, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you are not able to attend, an online survey will be hosted here at TalkWhiteRock.

November 2019 Update: Summary of Phase 1 Public Engagement and Upcoming Phase 2 Events

The results of the online community survey and summary of public feedback from the engagement events in the summer are now available in the Documents Library (top-right corner), in the report which was provided to Council on November 4. Phase 2 public consultation will be starting at the end of November with two open houses to showcase and receive feedback on the draft Waterfront Enhancement Strategy. Check out the key dates section for more information. There will also be an open house for the Town Centre topic, which will be on December 10 (timing and details to be announced), and an open house on all of the other topics will be held early in 2020. If you are not able to attend on those dates, there will mini 'pop-up' events for the Waterfront and Town Centre, and an online survey here on TalkWhiteRock that asks the same questions as the open houses.

Project Background:

Our Official Community Plan (OCP) is the city's blueprint for managing change to achieve our shared goals. It contains policies that guide Council's 'land-use' decisions for where and how we grow in the future, helping to conserve what we love about the city as well as improve the quality of life for current and future residents.

An OCP is typically reviewed every five years to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of the community, but changes to the OCP can be considered by Council in between major updates. Council has expressed their desire for re-engagement with the public on certain aspects of the current OCP which was adopted in October 2017, to ensure that it reflects the community's values, and to provide additional support to the City's efforts in areas such as:

  • Strengthening Transit
  • Greening the City (on new green space and tree planting)
  • Improving Housing Affordability
  • Expanding Peace Arch Hospital
  • Monitoring OCP Goals to Measure Success and Track Implementation
  • Enhancing the Waterfront
  • Reviewing Town Centre (Height, Density and Public Space / Green spaces)
  • Reviewing Building Heights outside the Town Centre

As the Waterfront and Marine Drive businesses are of vital importance in the community, special events (public consultation and forums) for the Waterfront Enhancement Strategy part of this OCP Review will be held separately from the other OCP Review topics to allow for greater focus and earlier implementation of Waterfront policies. Similarly, due to the complexity of design issues in the Town Centre review, special workshops will be held for this topic as well.

Over the next two years (2019-2020), the City will be working with the public to get feedback and make sure the community's aspirations and concerns are understood and shared with Council before they make decisions on changing the OCP. We look forward to working with you to shape the future of White Rock!

December 2019 Update: Upcoming Phase 2 Town Centre Event

The public open house for the Town Centre topic will be at the White Rock Community Centre (Presentation Hall) on December 10, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. If you are not able to attend, an online survey will be hosted here at TalkWhiteRock.

November 2019 Update: Summary of Phase 1 Public Engagement and Upcoming Phase 2 Events

The results of the online community survey and summary of public feedback from the engagement events in the summer are now available in the Documents Library (top-right corner), in the report which was provided to Council on November 4. Phase 2 public consultation will be starting at the end of November with two open houses to showcase and receive feedback on the draft Waterfront Enhancement Strategy. Check out the key dates section for more information. There will also be an open house for the Town Centre topic, which will be on December 10 (timing and details to be announced), and an open house on all of the other topics will be held early in 2020. If you are not able to attend on those dates, there will mini 'pop-up' events for the Waterfront and Town Centre, and an online survey here on TalkWhiteRock that asks the same questions as the open houses.

Project Background:

Our Official Community Plan (OCP) is the city's blueprint for managing change to achieve our shared goals. It contains policies that guide Council's 'land-use' decisions for where and how we grow in the future, helping to conserve what we love about the city as well as improve the quality of life for current and future residents.

An OCP is typically reviewed every five years to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of the community, but changes to the OCP can be considered by Council in between major updates. Council has expressed their desire for re-engagement with the public on certain aspects of the current OCP which was adopted in October 2017, to ensure that it reflects the community's values, and to provide additional support to the City's efforts in areas such as:

  • Strengthening Transit
  • Greening the City (on new green space and tree planting)
  • Improving Housing Affordability
  • Expanding Peace Arch Hospital
  • Monitoring OCP Goals to Measure Success and Track Implementation
  • Enhancing the Waterfront
  • Reviewing Town Centre (Height, Density and Public Space / Green spaces)
  • Reviewing Building Heights outside the Town Centre

As the Waterfront and Marine Drive businesses are of vital importance in the community, special events (public consultation and forums) for the Waterfront Enhancement Strategy part of this OCP Review will be held separately from the other OCP Review topics to allow for greater focus and earlier implementation of Waterfront policies. Similarly, due to the complexity of design issues in the Town Centre review, special workshops will be held for this topic as well.

Over the next two years (2019-2020), the City will be working with the public to get feedback and make sure the community's aspirations and concerns are understood and shared with Council before they make decisions on changing the OCP. We look forward to working with you to shape the future of White Rock!

  • Welcome! We've heard lots of ideas from the community on how to make our Waterfront even better, and from that input a draft Waterfront Enhancement Strategy has been created. Now we want you to tell us what decisions you would make if you were 'Mayor for the Day.'

    You'll be asked to consider the 5 Pillars (major areas/themes for improvement) identified in the Strategy, and share how you would distribute resources among those areas. If you had $100 to spend in total, would you use $70 on Improving Accessibility and $30 on Creating All-Season Programming and Activities, or would

    Welcome! We've heard lots of ideas from the community on how to make our Waterfront even better, and from that input a draft Waterfront Enhancement Strategy has been created. Now we want you to tell us what decisions you would make if you were 'Mayor for the Day.'

    You'll be asked to consider the 5 Pillars (major areas/themes for improvement) identified in the Strategy, and share how you would distribute resources among those areas. If you had $100 to spend in total, would you use $70 on Improving Accessibility and $30 on Creating All-Season Programming and Activities, or would you spend some also on Strengthening Waterfront Business and Character, Enhancing the Environment and Culture, or Expanding Activities for All Ages? This will help us understand what matters the most to you.

    We know some of you will have extra thoughts about the Waterfront that don't fit in exactly with the 5 Pillars and proposed projects. There is an open ended question at the end where you can share your ideas and observations.

    While the survey describes what is in the draft Strategy so that you have information to be able to answer, the entire draft Strategy is in the Documents Library on this website if you would like further background information or the illustrations and images related to the initiatives.

    By completing this survey you will be automatically entered in a draw to win a $50 VISA gift card. A name will be selected at random from those who entered at the open houses and those who submitted online surveys, and the odds of winning will depend on the number of entries. The selected person will need to enter a skill-testing question to receive the prize.


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  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of White Rock is kicking off a review of our Official Community Plan (OCP), and before we get off to the races we want to hear from you to make sure we are on track.

    This quick survey will help shape our upcoming events and how we share information with you, to make it easy for all those in the community to participate in the OCP Review, from kick-off until the finish.

    We also want your early thoughts and ideas on the topics we will be reviewing, so we can better understand what is important to you.



    The City of White Rock is kicking off a review of our Official Community Plan (OCP), and before we get off to the races we want to hear from you to make sure we are on track.

    This quick survey will help shape our upcoming events and how we share information with you, to make it easy for all those in the community to participate in the OCP Review, from kick-off until the finish.

    We also want your early thoughts and ideas on the topics we will be reviewing, so we can better understand what is important to you.



    Take Survey