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Smithers 2008-10 Official Community Plan Review > Planning Processes Completed > Valley Vision

Valley Vision | towards a comprehensive vision for the future of the Bulkley Valley

Smithers 2008-10 Official Community Plan Review


Bylaw No. 1614 – Town of Smithers Official Community Plan was adopted by Council on April 13, 2010. A copy of the final OCP with maps and schedules are available at the Town of Smithers webpage: Official Community Plan and Zoning.


The previous Town of Smithers Official Community Plan was adopted in 2000. Here are copies that contain amendments to April 12, 2005:

Preparation of a new community plan started in March of 2008. Draft OCP One was developed during the summer of 2008. In the fall, there were open houses and revisions. Council revised the draft OCP during 2009. Draft Two was presented to the community in a Public Open House on December 8, 2009. Further revisions were made in early 2010. A Public Hearing, the last stage of the public input process, occurred on March 23, 2010. Council adopted the Official Community Plan as Bylaw 1614 on April 13, 2010.

The Planners and The Process

A steering committee, with representatives from the community, Town Council and Town staff, are guiding the OCP review process. Steering committee members are listed on the Town’s OCP Update webpage.

The consultants for the review were from Holland Barrs Planning Group which recently merged with HB Lanarc The consultants facilitated public engagement, undertook the technical analysis and drafted the updated OCP bylaw.

Interim Results

Visit the Town of Smithers OCP Update webpage to view:

  • Community Survey (April 9 to May 9, 2008)
  • Community Visioning workshop (May 3, 2008)
  • Downtown Charette (June 25-27, 2008)
  • OCP Drafts One and Two
  • Feedback from agencies, Town Committees and the public
  • Committee of the Whole minutes documenting Council’s revisions to the draft OCP: January 8, April 15, May 25, May 26, June 2, July 28, September 15, September 21, & November 4, 2009 and January 12 & February 3, 2010.


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