South Highlands Local Area Plan: Let's Talk!

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Welcome to the Engagement Hub for the South Highlands Local Area Plan (SHLAP)!

We want to know your vision for the future of the South Highlands.

The first two rounds of Community Engagement are now completed. Thank you to everyone that participated in the Launch Event, Visioning Survey, Big Ideas, and the Early Directions Survey.

  • See below for Project Updates
  • We are now preparing an Engagement Summary Report. Stay tuned...
  • A Draft SHLAP will be developed this winter – with further community engagement to come.
  • Ask a Question about the project
  • Scroll down to view project information (right side), including Key Dates, Project Lifecycle, and Project Documents.

Please, Sign Up to get involved and Subscribe to receive email updates about engagement opportunities and project progress.

You can also visit the SHLAP page on the District of Highlands website, which includes all relevant project resources (e.g., Task Force agendas and summaries; written correspondence).



Welcome to the Engagement Hub for the South Highlands Local Area Plan (SHLAP)!

We want to know your vision for the future of the South Highlands.

The first two rounds of Community Engagement are now completed. Thank you to everyone that participated in the Launch Event, Visioning Survey, Big Ideas, and the Early Directions Survey.

  • See below for Project Updates
  • We are now preparing an Engagement Summary Report. Stay tuned...
  • A Draft SHLAP will be developed this winter – with further community engagement to come.
  • Ask a Question about the project
  • Scroll down to view project information (right side), including Key Dates, Project Lifecycle, and Project Documents.

Please, Sign Up to get involved and Subscribe to receive email updates about engagement opportunities and project progress.

You can also visit the SHLAP page on the District of Highlands website, which includes all relevant project resources (e.g., Task Force agendas and summaries; written correspondence).


  • Project Update - November, 2021

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    Thank you to all who participated in the Early Directions Survey! This update provides information on the Early Directions Survey and next steps:

    • We received 268 responses to the Early Directions surveys. WOW. The project team are processing and analyzing the data, to develop the Engagement Summary Report.
    • The Engagement Summary Report serves as the next major deliverable for the project, and will be posted on the District’s web site once ready.
    • After that is complete, the Project Team will draft early local area plan key content.
    • Review of the draft early local area plan key content will be the subject of the next Task Meeting. We expect this to occur approximately 5 weeks after the Engagement Summary is made public.
  • Early Directions Survey is closed – Thank you!

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    We had great community participation in the Early Directions Survey – over 250 responses!

    A big THANK YOU to all of those that took the time to participate.

    Stay tuned for our Engagement Summary report, before we move into developing a draft of the South Highlands Local Area Plan.

  • Early Directions Survey on NOW!

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    The Early Directions Survey is now LIVE!

    Have your say on a series of early directions that will eventually inform the development of the draft South Highlands Local Area Plan.

    Share your feedback on:

    • Placemaking and character of the South Highlands;
    • Land use in key areas, including the 'Gateway' properties (e.g., OK-I, Millstream Meadows);
    • Transportation improvements;
    • and more!

    The survey window is open until November 8, 2021.

    We want to hear from you!

    * Paper surveys are available upon request. Please, contact the District office: (250) 474-1773


  • Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year from the Project Team! We look forward to hearing more from you in 2021.

    On November 30, we hosted an online Stakeholder Workshop. A summary of the event can be found here, along with the overview presentation.

    On January 19 and February 10, the next Task Force meetings will be held, in which we will review a draft set of Preliminary Plan Directions.

    In late February, we will launch our second Community Survey on the Preliminary Plan Directions – as a way to test the outcomes of the project, so far.

    Stay tuned for updates and a link to the Plan Directions Survey.

    You can also visit the District website for the latest meeting documents (e.g., agendas, summaries, and draft Preliminary Directions).

  • Project Update – November, 2020

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    The Visioning Survey is now closed – a big 'thank you' to all of those who participated.

    These are the next steps in the project process:

    • November 30 – Stakeholder Workshop to further explore solutions and scenarios for the area;
    • December/January – Project Team will identify early themes and directions based on analyses and engagement input to date;
    • January/February – Plan Directions Survey will harvest community input on early directions for the LAP;
    • Late Winter – What We Heard report summarizing all of the community engagement to date;
    • Early Spring – Development of Draft LAP and further feedback opportunities.

    Thank you and stay safe over the holidays.

  • Visioning Survey – We Want to Hear from You!

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    In the initial survey window, we heard from some Highlands residents about their vision for the future of the South Highlands.

    But, we still want to hear from you!

    Common themes and directions, so far, include:

    • Protecting groundwater and surface water
    • Requiring innovative green development
    • Conserving forested areas and maintaining wildlife corridors
    • Finding ways to mitigate heavy truck traffic on Millstream Road
    • Creating/enhancing off-road routes for walking and cycling
    • Supporting the creation of local businesses and gathering places (e.g., market, cafe)

    We have extended the survey window until November 18, 2020.

    Have your say!

  • Project Launch Event – September 23, 2020

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    Phase 2 of the South Highlands Local Area Plan (SHLAP) is underway! In this phase, the plan will actually be created – through iterative rounds of research, public engagement, and writing... until we collectively get it right.

    Join us for the Project Launch on September 23, 2020 (*registration required)

    What: SHLAP Project Launch Open House
    Where: Highlands Community Hall
    When: 4:00pm-4:40pm | 5:00-5:40pm | 6:00-6:40pm
    How: Event registration required, due to COVID19 protocols
    Please, contact the District to register for your preferred timeslot – info@highlands.ca or (250) 474-1773

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