The Town of Ladysmith held a Big Ideas Fair downtown on Saturday (Oct. 2) to gather public input to influence its updated official community plan (OCP).
During the public engagement phase for the OCP review, the town said it will continue to provide opportunities for the community to participate in the visioning process.
“The feedback you shared about the opportunities and challenges we face now and in the future will directly influence the updated OCP,” reads a news release from the town.
The Big Ideas Fair was the first in-person engagement for the review process.
“We heard from hundreds of people who — whether they just moved here or have called Ladysmith home for decades, — all shared an enthusiasm for making Ladysmith an inclusive place to live, work and play,” the town said in the release.
The policy document determines the type and location of homes, businesses and oﬀices, industry, institutions, recreation, agriculture, parks and public utilities and facilities. Official community plans play a major role in determining how communities can meet goals related to reconciliation, climate action and equity.
The tagline for the OCP review is “Ladysmith Unparalleled 2049: Your Vision. Your Community.”
The year, according to the town, references a collective need to act on climate change and is a playful nod towards both the 49th Parallel and is a year earlier than Canada’s target for achieving net-zero emission.
Residents can also get involved in the OCP review on the town’s website.