West Fernie OCP Amendment and Rezoning Project


West Fernie is being incorporated into the City of Fernie. The project has been underway for several years and Phase 1 of West Fernie is now officially part of the City. It is expected that Phase 2 will formally join the City at the end of 2017.

As part of the annexation process we need to update our official community plan (OCP) to include West Fernie. We will also need to update our zoning bylaw to incorporate West Fernie. In the interim, the RDEK’s zoning wll apply. This project is important as its results will impact how the neighbourhood develops in the near and long term and what priorities there are for the neighbourhood. This project is intended to  be completed by the end of 2017.

The Process

To guide this project Council appointed the West Fernie OCP Advisory Committee made up of 7 residents, the Mayor, and 1 Councillor. The Committee has assisted Administration in developing a citizen engagement plan to provide early and ongoing opportunities for all residents to provide input into the process and to help develop solutions appropriate to West Fernie. Council approved this engagement plan  on June 12th, 2017

Engagement Opportunities

Community Workshop

When:   September 19, 2017 at 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Where:  Senior Citizens Drop In Centre, 562 - 3rd Avenue

With the help of the West Fernie OCP advisory Committee we have evaluated the responses and identified several topics that would benefit from detailed community discussion before we try to develop policy and bylaws for the area. Some of these topics include:

  • Future Zoning
  • Trail Connectivity
  • Park Planning
  • Backyard Chickens

Please join us on September 19th for a community workshop. At this workshop you will be asked to discuss these and other issues in small groups with your fellow community members and as a group develop practical solutions and approaches that will work for our community. The workshop is planned to end before 9pm. RSVP is not required but it is appreciated (to patrick.sorfleet@fernie.ca.) as we will be able to better plan refreshments and seating for the workshop.

Initial Survey

The City has put together a brief survey to gather opinions about how best to incorporate West Fernie into the City of Fernie’s Official Community Plan and zoning bylaw. We also want to learn how best to reach you with additional information. Members of the Committee will be going door to door to provide residents of West Fernie with the survey. All residents of Fernie are encouraged to participate, and can do so by taking the online survey. Completed printed surveys can be dropped off at City Hall. The survey will close July 13th, 2017.

Committee Information

The Committee is composed of:

  • Steve Kuijt (Chair)
  • Ryan Fraser (Vice-Chair)
  • Farren Sullivan
  • Robert Champagne
  • Lorenzo Rousselle
  • Sanjeev Parmar
  • Julia Tarnowski
  • Mayor Giuliano
  • Councillor Warshawsky
  • Councillor McSkimming (alternate)

Committee Minutes are available here.

Additional Information

If you would like to be included in the email contact list to be notified of engagement opportunities, or have questions about the process please contact Patrick Sorfleet, Manager of Planning, at patrick.sorfleet@fernie.ca.

The RDEK has also developed a website with information pertaining to the West Fernie Servicing Project.