Village of Masset

September-October 2016 Newsletter



When:  Sunday September 18, 2016
Time:  11:00 am Register / 11:30 am Start
Where:  1686 Main Street (Village of Masset Office)
Walk, Run, Bike, Rollerblade
1km, 2km, 5km, or 10km
Pick up Pledge forms at the Village of Masset Office.




In cases that property taxes are delinquent on September 02, 2016 properties will be advertised for sale in the Haida Gwaii Observer, then sold at the property tax sale on September 26, 2016 at 10:00 am.

Please ensure that delinquent amounts are paid in full prior to September 26, 2016




THEME: Replace smoke alarms every 10 years. "Don't wait check the date"




What Is An IOCP?

The Village of Masset is developing an Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP), which will provide the long-term vision and goals for the future our community, as well as the policies and priorities for how we begin to create that future.

It will become our community’s highest level policy and decision-making tool that can be applied to all levels of decisions and other planning. It will guide our community for the next 10+ years.

How will the IOCP be developed?

The plan will be developed by the community, with guidance from the Village and the Whistler Centre for Sustainability. The community will be engaged in developing the vision, goals and policy directions for the plan, identifying action ideas for implementation, and then reviewing the draft plan, which will include the IOCP policies. Public engagement will include both in-person and online opportunities. A project advisory committee, made up of community members with the necessary knowledge and skills, will provide input to the development of the plan along the way.

How can I get involved?

Public Engagement: Opportunities will include in-person events and online questionnaires to gather community input. The first community engagement opportunity was held during the Masset Harbour Day event on August 13th. Thank you to all those who took the time to answer our questions about what they love about Masset today and what their hopes and dreams are for the future.

Please stay connected to the project using the channels below to receive notices about the next engagement opportunities.

Advisory Committee: Recruitment for the project Advisory Committee is underway. The Committee will advise the Village and the project consultant on the IOCP development process and content, and will include community members, staff and Council who represent the interests and diversity of our community. We are looking for people to represent these areas/stakeholders:

 • Arts, culture & heritage
 • Economic development & local business
 • Tourism
 • Resource-based industries (fishing, logging)
 • Learning & education
 • Health services
 • Social Services
 • Housing
 • Infrastructure (e.g. energy, water, waste)
 • Land use, resources & natural areas/wildlife
 • Recreation
 • Youth & Seniors


It is estimated that the time commitment to prepare for and participate in committee meetings and attend public events will be approximately 25 hours in total over the course of the 10-month project. Please review the Advisory Committee Terms of Reference and contact us if you are interested. 

Stay connected

Project updates and input opportunities will be communicated through these channels. Please stay connected!

More about the IOCP

The policies will direct the decisions made by the Village of Masset municipal government, but the vision, goals and priorities will be developed by and for the community – all residents, businesses and organizations in Masset can contribute to developing them and making them happen.

Sustainability principles will be integrated into the plan such that we are planning for the health and success of our community for generations to come. Further, a system for tracking and reporting performance toward (or away from) our vision and goals will also be included in the plan so we know how we’re doing year after year.

The plan is comprehensive, and will cover all community systems as follows:

  • Land Use and Natural Areas, including: growth management, protection of natural areas, resource management, natural hazards
  • Residential Areas and Housing, including:  neighbourhood character, housing types and affordability
  • Commercial and Industrial Areas, including: economic development, jobs, skills, training, and commercial and industrial land, downtown core, tourism
  • Infrastructure Systems, including: energy, transportation, water, waste, technology
  • Recreation, Culture and Learning, including: recreation, arts, culture, heritage, learning and education, including the outdoor and indoor facilities that support these activities
  • Individual and Community Health, including: individual health (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual), community safety, food security, social wellbeing

Project Timeframe

The project will take place over the course of a year, between summer 2016 and summer 2017.

Project Funding

We are applying for project funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the final IOCP will mean the Village will be eligible for future funding through the FCM ‘Green Municipal Fund’ grant program.


If you have any thoughts, questions or concerns about this project, please contact:

Trevor Jarvis, CAO               Shannon Gordon
Village of  Masset                   Whistler Centre for Sustainability