Resident seeks OCP progress report from city

White Rock hasn't provided report cards on implementing planning policies, council told.

A White Rock resident is calling on the city to suspend the update of its Official Community Plan, pending an evaluation of how the city has done over the past several years implementing the existing document.

Speaking as a delegation to council Sept. 14, Roderick Louis pointed out the city’s current OCP – adopted in September 2008 and in the midst of being updated – includes a requirement that the city prepare an annual report card on its progress, something he said the city hasn’t done.

“Since 2008, there has not been a single report card released by the city, nor an evaluation,” Louis said.

Louis requested council direct staff to “cease all activities related to the OCP update,” and draft a bylaw requiring the city to evaluate its progress implementing OCP policies and objectives twice per year.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin tabled a motion – carried unanimously – to refer Louis’ presentation to staff for recommendations.