Starting in February 2007, the City of Rossland began the process of developing a long-term planning strategy for the municipality. The project, called Visions to Action, is framed around engaging the community in a conversation about the desired future of Rossland. It also is focused on building awareness within the community and beyond of how we can plan for a better, more sustainable future.
There are two key components of the project:
- The development of a Strategic Sustainability Plan, and
- An update to the Official Community Plan, to reflect the community’s long term strategic direction.
The City of Rossland Official Community Plan is a general statement of the broad objectives and policies of the City of Rossland with regard to the form and character of existing and proposed land uses, and servicing requirements. The Official Community Plan was adopted on October 27, 2008.
The Plan provides a useful and tangible policy tool and guide for the citizens of the community, the development community and the City council. It provides a clear outline of the City's intentions with regard to future land uses and servicing across the community. It also states, in general terms, the social, economic and environmental objectives of the community. Identifying more the specific policies necessary to sustain or improve its qualities, and the changes anticipated over short term and the longer term are also objectives of the Plan.
Decisions made by the City Council on land uses, developments and other related matters must comply with the goals, objectives and policies included in the Plan. However, Council is not required to undertake any projects suggested in the Plan nor can the adoption of the Plan obligate the start of any proposed project.
The Official Community Plan embodies comprehensive guidelines for diverse needs of our community. It is intended to provide a unified approach to achieving our goals, and ensuring an even brighter future.
The objectives and policies stated in this Plan are applicable to all properties within the City of Rossland. If any statement of the Plan is held invalid by the decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of the Plan.
Amendments to the Official Community Plan must be approved by City Council and require a formal application and a Public Hearing. Typically, an amendment would accompany an application for a Zoning Bylaw or Land Use Contract amendment. Applicants are advised to consult the brochure regarding OCP Amendments and contact the Planning Department. All applications for an Official Community Plan amendment are made to the Planning Department on the prescribed form. Applications are processed by this Department, with the involvement of other City Departments, Provincial ministries and outside agencies, as necessary. The OCP amendment application and brochure are available for download here.
OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN - CONSOLIDATED DEC 19_2011