Great cities don't just happen - they are created by people who care about their community and are willing to rock the boat to find ways to make their city great.
Get involved in updating the Colwood Official Community Plan (OCP). Your input is vital. Make some waves for a better Colwood!
When Colwood Council is faced with decisions about a new development, roads project, or park improvement, they look to the Official CommunityPlan to determine whether it fits with the long term vision outlined there. This is your chance to help shape that vision!
Many ways to have your say
- Watch for details about the next Making Waves event in May where you can make sure your ideas are reflected in the draft vision, goals and strategic directions of the new OCP - coming soon!
- Hundreds of people came to the BIG IDEAS FAIR on Saturday, January 28th to map, sketch, write and share ideas for the future of Colwood in a bunch of fun ways, with food, music and a bouncy castle for kids. Get all the details!
- More than 1000 people visited the Making Waves survey where they rated images of community features, dragged their priorities to the top of the list and marked special places on a map. And congratulations to Colwood resident Janine Bolton who was the winner of our Making Waves survey contest in December. Thank you to everyone who took part.
- People have been sounding off at local coffee shops - Sounding Boards allowed people to scribble their thoughts at community events and locations like West Shore Parks & Recreation, Royal Bay Bakery, Bitez Sandwich Bar and Red Barn Market Latoria Walk.
- Community conversations dove into issues that matter during October and November. Click the links below to read 'conversaton overviews' from these events:
- Making Waves Kickoff Conversation: Town Centres, Transportation, Tidlines, Trees & Topography
Thursday, Oct 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Royal Bay Secondary School
- Wild in the City with Will Marsh, Adjunct Professor, UBC School of Landscape Architecture
Thursday, Nov 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Royal Bay Secondary School
- Successful Cities with Dave Witty, Provost & Vice President (Academic) VIU
Thursday, Nov 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Royal Bay Secondary School
- Everyone is welcome at OCP Steering Committee Meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at Colwood City Hall, starting October 20th.
Building on past work
Colwood's current Official Community Plan was created in 2008. This 2016/2017 update is well timed, as Colwood is poised for significant growth and development over the next several years. A revised OCP will guide the way forward to 2035 when the City will celebrate 50 years since incorporation. We look forward to many interactive events and thoughtful conversations with residents and stakeholders as we shape a shared vision for the future of our community.
Colwood Strategic Priorities 2015-2018
Some of the strategic goals Colwood is striving to achieve are to:
Enhance Community Well Being
We promote a safe, attractive and active community. We inform and involve residents in decisions that affect them, promoting shared responsibility and a strong connected community. We advocate for the availability and affordability of housing and public services.
Promote Well Planned Economic & Community Growth
We proactively invest in economic growth and take steps to enhance Colwood’s quality of place. We promote a strong, sustainable economy with a wide range of business and investment opportunities. Careful management and active promotion create the environment for businesses to succeed.
Protect & Maintain Natural & Manmade Infrastructure
We focus on building resilience and long term stability by ensuring our natural and manmade infrastructure and assets are maintained and funded over the long term. We prepare for future expenditures by planning proactively. We strive to protect and enhance air, land and water quality as well as green spaces, urban forests and the many natural and diverse eco-systems in the area.
Demonstrate Management Excellence
We build community capacity to prevent future problems and expenditures. Careful management, fiscal responsibility, innovation, monitoring and community involvement create the environment, infrastructure, systems, services and workforce required to succeed.
Other foundational documents
The Colwood Land Use Bylaw outlines the land use zones and the rules and regulations for development of land in Colwood, as well as the process for making decisions about development permit applications.
Colwood Land Use Bylaw
The Colwood Economic Development Strategy is driving enhancements to our community that will improve quality of life and attract new businesses and investment.
Colwood Economic Development Strategy
The Colwood Transportation Master Plan guides the creation of enjoyable walking, cycling and driving networks to improve how we move, create connected neighbourhoods and support economic development.
Colwood Transportation Master Plan
The Colwood Age-Friendly Community Plan outlines opportunities to make our City more welcoming, comfortable and safe for people of all ages and all levels of mobility.
Colwood Age-Friendly Community Plan