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.

  • See below for Project Updates
  • The Visioning Survey and Big Ideas are now closed, but the Early Directions Survey is now LIVE!
  • Ask a Question about the project
  • Scroll down to see 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.

  • See below for Project Updates
  • The Visioning Survey and Big Ideas are now closed, but the Early Directions Survey is now LIVE!
  • Ask a Question about the project
  • Scroll down to see 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).


  • 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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