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.
When Colwood Council is faced with decisions about a new development, roads project, or park improvement, they look to the Official Community Plan to determine whether it fits with the long term vision outlined there. This is your chance to help shape that vision!
- Review the latest draft of the Colwood Official Community Plan (July 9, 2018). Or start with the OCP Overview.
A number of changes were identified and incorporated after the first draft was shared widely at events, online and in local newspapers, encouraging input from citizens and members of the development community. Here is the list of revisions to the first draft (Feb 19) and the list of revisions to the second draft (May 28). Nine background maps were added to the third draft (July 9), see page 312.
- The draft plan was created through nearly 2 years of community consultation. Dive into the details at www.colwood.ca/MakingWaves.
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