Planning & Sustainability

Sustainability planning works to proactively respond to long range challenges and opportunities and provide direction for decision making through the:

  • Official Community Plan (OCP)
    • sets out the community vision and values that guide decision-making in North Cowichan.
  • Active Transportation
    • learn about North Cowichan's commitment to active transportation and projects underway to make it safer and more convenient to walk or cycle in our communities.
  • Affordable Housing
    • this page describes Municipal initiatives underway to move forward on affordable housing, which is one of Council's top 20 priorities. 
  • Bell McKinnon Neighbourhood Plan and Servicing Review
    • the Official Community Plan (OCP) places the Bell McKinnon area within the Urban Containment Boundaries, designating it as a growth centre. This neighbourhood plan and servicing study to ensure that the Bell McKinnon area is developed in an orderly and consistent way, and that servicing and infrastructure options are explored and planned for.
  • Bonsall Creek Watershed Management Plan
    • a multi-stakeholder process to plan for a healthy watershed while supporting the needs of agriculture and local ecosystems, fish and fish habitat, by developing vision, protocols, goals, policies, monitoring measures and an implementation plan with respect to access to water, water storage, drainage, and water quality.
  • Climate Action and Energy Plan  (CAEP)
    • recommends actions to reduce green house gas emissions and alter how energy is produced and used in North Cowichan.  
  • Chemainus Elementary School Site
    • a process to determine the future use of the old Chemainus Elementary School site.
  • Chemainus Revitalization Plan
    • a Local Area Plan (LAP) that builds on the OCP by providing more detailed guidance in Chemainus.
  • Crofton Community Local Area Plan 
    • a Local Area Plan (LAP) that builds on the OCP by providing more detailed guidance in Crofton
  •  Strategic Agricultural Plan 
    • recognizes the not only the importance of agriculture to the local economy but also the vital role of the farming community in its social structure.
  • University Village Local Area Plan
    • a Local Area Plan (LAP) that builds on the OCP by providing more detailed guidance in the core area of the South End and surrounding parts of the City of Duncan.
  • Zoning Bylaw Review 
    • North Cowichan is undertaking a process to replace the existing Zoning Bylaw No. 2950 with a new Zoning Bylaw that is streamlined, easier to understand, and aligns with the 2011 Official Community Plan.
  • Other Intiatives
    • respond to emerging issues and opportunities within North Cowichan.