Community Engagement

A wide variety of community engagement activities were held throughout the Review process to ensure that as many people as possible had the opportunity to provide input to help shape the new Official Community Plan. Feedback was gathered through open houses, workshops, focus group sessions, ‘pop-up’ engagement events, and paper and electronic surveys. A summary of the Community Engagement undertaken throughout the Official Community Plan review is summarized below.

 

Phase 1: Process Launch & Background Data Collection (April – July 2015)

 

Visioning Fair (May 24, 2015):

The Visioning Fair was the first major public   event in the OCP Review process. Held at the Community Centre, the Fair   included more than 20 display boards and consultation activities designed to   generate discussion and feedback regarding the future of White Rock. It’s   estimated that more than 200 people attended the event.

 

Visioning Survey (May 13 – June 17, 2015):

The purpose of the Visioning Survey was   to begin developing an understanding of how citizens and stakeholders would   like to see White Rock evolve and grow over the next 30 years. Results of the   survey was presented to Council at the end of Phase 1. The Survey (paper   and electronic) closed on June 17.

 

Pop-Up Engagement:

The City established an “Imagine White Rock   2045” booth on the Farmers’ Market opening day on May 24, 2015. This booth   provided an informal venue for the community to ask questions and interact   with staff and to receive and submit copies of the Visioning Survey. City   staff also interacted with citizens at the White Rock Fire and Police Safety   Fair on May 30, 2015.

 

Online Outreach:

Major OCP related events and announcements   were regularly posted on the City’s official Facebook page and Twitter   feed.

 

Phase 2: Defining The Big Picture (August - December 2015)

 

Neighbourhood Workshop (by RSVP) (September   17, 5-7pm, Community Centre):

This workshop was an opportunity for the   community to participate in a structured consultation event regarding   different areas of White Rock - East, West, Waterfront and City Core - and   discuss strengths, issues and themes in each neighbourhood. The workshop   allowed community members to roll up their sleeves and put their knowledge   and aspirations into action.

 

 

Vision & Goals Open House (October 8,   5-7PM, Centennial Leisure Centre Hall):

This was a drop-in session where all community members were able to provide input on the draft vision and goals statements. The draft vision and   goals presented at the Open House were developed in consideration of the   input collected during the Vision Fair (May 2015), Visioning Survey   (May-June, 2015) and Neighbourhood Workshop (September 17, 2015).

 

Vision & Goals Online Survey (October   8-26, 2015): 

An online survey was administered to ensure   all community members had the opportunity to provide input on the draft   vision and goal statements. Input collected from the Open House and the   Online Survey was used to help improve and refine the draft statements.

 

Online Outreach:

Major OCP related events and announcements   were regularly posted on the City’s official Facebook page and Twitter   feed.

 

Phase 3: Building the Plan (March – October, 2016)

 

Stakeholder Consultations (July   - September, 2016):

Building on Phase 2, the OCP Planning Team   consulted with various stakeholder groups in an effort to develop a deeper   understanding of the issues associated with the Guiding Principles and Vision   & Goal Statements. Consultation took place with City   committees, community groups, and other stakeholders, including:

 

-          Semiahmoo First Nation

-          OCP Working Group

-          Rental Housing Task Force

-          Cultural Advisory Committee

-          City of Surrey and School District #36

-          Economic Investment Committee

-          Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation

-          Fraser Health

-          Semiahmoo House Society

-          Healthy Community Steering Committee

 

Pop-Up Engagement (October, 2016 –   Various Dates):

City staff set up shop at various public   events and at City facilities throughout the month of October to gather   feedback from the public. A combination of interactive displays and a digital   survey provided residents with multiple ways to participate. Pop-up events   were held on the following dates:

 

-          October 1, 12-4pm – Festival of Lights: Diwali Integration (Waterfront)

-          October 2, 10am-2pm – White Rock Farmers’ Market (Community Centre)

-          October 9, 10am-2pm – White Rock Farmers’ Market (Community Centre)

-          October 18, 10am-2pm – Kent Street Activity Centre

-          October 26, 10am-2pm – Kent Street Activity Centre

-          October 30 – Great Pumpkin Run/Walk

-          November 3, 10am-3pm – Pop-Up-Town

 

 

MetroQuest Survey (October, 2016):

This was an online survey that allowed   residents to prioritize issues and opportunities through a visually-rich   platform. The survey was open from October 11 to November 13, 2016. 

 

Policy Directions Workshop (October 18, 2016,   6:00-8:30pm, Centennial Arena Hall)

This workshop was an opportunity for the   community to participate in a structured consultation event, focusing on   policy directions, to provide input for use in the development of policies to   help achieve the Vision and Goals developed in Phase 2 of the OCP Review.

 

Growth Management Workshops (October 25, 2016,   2-4pm, First United Church & November 1, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, Centennial   Arena Hall)

Structured growth workshops provided   opportunities to explore ideas for the “look and feel” of future growth in   the City, including typologies, uses/programming, architectural character,   public realm character, and other urban design
  elements. In an attempt to reach as many residents as possible, two growth   management workshops were held at different times on different days.

 

Phase 4: Preparation of the Plan & Adoption (October 2016 - May 2017)

 

Open House (March 9, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm,   Centennial Arena Hall)

This event allowed residents to provide input on the proposed new Official Community Plan. Materials at the Open House outlined the Vision and Goals Statements developed in the earlier stages of the OCP process, as well as the ‘Big Moves’ that helped frame the new Plan. Proposed policies were presented on poster boards, and completed copies of the draft Plan was available for review.

 

Pop-Up Engagement (Various Dates):

City staff set up shop at various City   facilities to gather feedback from the public. The following pop-up events   were scheduled:

 

-       March   8, 4:30-8:00pm – Centennial Arena (14600 North Bluff Road)

-       March   10, 10:00am-2:00pm – White Rock Community Centre
          (15154 Russell Avenue)

-       March   14, 10:00am-2:00pm – White Rock Library (15342 Buena Vista Avenue)

-       March   14, 5:00-8:00pm – White Rock Community Centre
          (15154 Russell Avenue)

-       March   28, 10:00am-2:00pm – White Rock Community Centre
          (15154 Russell Avenue)

-       March   30, 4:00pm-8:00pm – White Rock Community Centre
          (15154 Russell Avenue)

-       April   1, 9:00am-1:00pm – White Rock Community Centre
          (15154 Russell Avenue)

-       April   1, 11:00am-3:00pm - Memorial Park/White Rock Museum Plaza (Weather   Permitting)

 

Online Outreach:

Major OCP related events and announcements   were regularly posted on the City’s official Facebook page and Twitter   feed.