Welcome to the Virtual Open House!

Planning for the Future

Growth in the region means plans for the North Central Lakelands Planning District must be updated to recognize all that has changed and prepare for the future. 

Planning District members, including the RM of Paddockwood, District of Lakeland, Resort Village of Candle Lake, Resort Village of Elk Ridge and Village of Christopher Lake, have engaged Crosby Hanna & Associates and Wallace Insights to update the Official Community Plan for the District.

What’s the NC Lakelands Planning District?

What is an Official Community Plan?

The District Official Community Plan (DOCP) for North Central Lakelands contains policies to guide land use and community development based on community-identified priorities and goals. Policies contained within the DOCP enable communities, property owners, businesses and developers to make informed decisions and contribute positively to vibrancy, safety, self-reliance and sustainability. Topics covered by the updated DOCP will speak to growth management (e.g. residential, commercial, agricultural, etc.), community services and amenities, transportation, public works, environmental assets and opportunities, and risk management.

What Has Changed in the Region and What Are Trends We Need to Think About?

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The population in the District has grown 30.2% over the last 5 years.
30 years ago, 17% of the NC Lakelands lived at Candle Lake. Today it’s 30%.
The ratio of retirees to working age folks has shifted 10% in 15 years. It is now 49% retirees and 31% working age people (20-54).
The District of Lakeland
(including the Resort Village of Elk Ridge)
has seen a 10% shift from seasonal to permanent residency over the last 15 years.
28% of the population in the Village of Christopher Lake is under 19 years old.
The implications of these North America-wide trends may significantly impact the future of the North Central Lakelands Planning District.
Watch the Introductory Video providing more detail about growth and trends!

This Plan Is About Community Priorities - Have Your Say!

You may also email your thoughts and ideas:

Take the Introductory Survey

What Are Next Steps In The Planning Process?

Come back often to see new video and information resources along with additional surveys and opportunities to have your say!

Monthly project updates will be available on this project webpage and provided in local newsletters (Vacationland News and The Wave).