The B.C. Planning Context
In British Columbia, community and regional planning requirements for local government are defined by provincial legislation: The Community Charter and the Local Government Act.
Planning in the municipal context deals with land use, social and community
services, cultural and heritage resources, economic development, finance,
environment, transportation and infrastructure.
One of the most important planning documents is an Official Community Plan
(OCP). This document is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions
on planning and land use management respecting the purposes of the municipality.
It is a guide for elected officials, the public and the development community
in making decisions about development and services. For many local governments,
public transit policy is a key component of the OCP.
Once a local government becomes interested in funding a public transit service, BC Transit initiates a planning process.
BC Transit Planning Process
Public transit is delivered in BC, outside Greater Vancouver, under a partnership between BC Transit, local government and, in most cases, a private sector operating company.
The operating authority, assignment of responsibilities between the parties and cost-sharing between BC Transit and local government partners are established under the British Columbia Transit Act and Regulation.
The planning process in the Municipal Systems is dependent on the size and nature of the community. The most extensive planning process is for communities with populations over 50,000 and a more urban development pattern. These communities account for over 60% of transit service and more than 70% of transit ridership in the Municipal Systems.
Port Alberni Business Plans and Other Planning Documents