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Thornhill’s future takes centre stage at June 2 public hearing

The current community plan was adopted in 1981

A blueprint to shape future development in Thornhill is being considered by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine.

On June 2, at 6:00 p.m. residents can have their say at public hearing for the Thornhill Official Community Plan (OCP).

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the hearing will be done electronically. Details on how to join the meeting will be released in the coming days.

Thornhill’s current OCP was adopted in 1981. An official community plan is a document that highlights a community’s vision for the next 10 to 20 years and guides decision making.

An OCP provides direction for the regional district board and staff, as well as local businesses, developers and residents. Having a plan in place can also make it easier for a community to apply for funding.

However, an OCP cannot force specific expenditures or compel elected officials to undertake projects in the OCP. Lands that fall within the plan are still subject to federal and provincial acts.

The planning process began in the winter of 2016. Since then, the regional district has engaged with Thornhill residents by using brochures, a community survey, “OCP in a Week” events in 2016 and community open houses.

READ MORE: Thornhill residents have their say on new community plan

The plan has four main sections: Introduction and Planning Context, Community Development Plan, Land Use Plan and Implementation Strategy.

In 2016, Thornhill had a population of nearly 4,000. It is one of the largest unincorporated communities in the province, having a larger population than 76 incorporated municipalities in B.C.

People wishing to provide input can send an email to planning@rkds.bc.ca or call 250-615-6100.

Public comment will be accepted up until the adjournment of the meeting.

You can read the Thornhill Official Community Plan here.


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