Moose Jaw Residents to get Notoriously Engaged with Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw Update

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January 27, 2023

MOOSE JAW – This weekend the City of Moose Jaw begins the process to update its Official Community Plan.

What is an Official Community Plan?

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is recognized by the Provincial Government as a statement of Moose Jaw’s long-term vision for growth and development. It reflects community values and establishes a framework for investment.

The OCP bylaw is adopted by Council as required by The Planning & Development Act, 2007.

What is a Zoning Bylaw?

A Zoning Bylaw implements the policies of the OCP. Its purpose is to:

  • establish permitted, prohibited and discretionary land uses by assigning zoning districts;
  • outline development standards; and
  • identify permit requirements.

“Quality of life is notoriously high in Moose Jaw, which we’ve highlighted in our ‘Get A Life’ economic development campaign,” said Clive Tolley, Mayor. “As Moose Jaw continues to grow, change and develop, it is important that our Official Community Plan continue to reflect a consensus of our residents’ views and interests.  We ask all Moose Javians to get engaged with the OCP process to ensure that everyone has a say and can be heard as we create this positive plan for our future growth and success.” 

How does the community get involved?

Several phases of public input are anticipated throughout 2023, beginning this weekend with an Interactive Project Display (January 28 from 1-3pm at the Kinsmen Sportsplex). The display will be at a number of locations this winter; the schedule is published on the project webpage: www.MooseJaw.ca/OCP.

The project webpage also provides videos to explain the project, a list of workshops open to the public, an online survey and monthly project updates. The first survey asking the community to help establish (or confirm) the Vision for Moose Jaw is now open and can be accessed from the project webpage.