Rural residents in Cassidy, Cedar and Yellow Point and South Wellington have a new plan guiding their communities.
The Regional District of Nanaimo board of directors approved the new Electoral Area A Official Community Plan last month.
The plan aims to protect the rural character of the region and addresses topics related to economic, environmental, and social sustainability, said area director Joe Burnett.
The document also supports limits to growth in rural areas, recognizes the desire of residents to support agriculture and local food production, and emphasizes the importance of groundwater protection, he said.
Work on updating the Area A OCP was a three-year process.
Residents, business and property owners, members of the volunteer Electoral Area A Citizens’ Committee and other stakeholders developed a community vision and drafted sustainability principles, goals, objectives and policies.