Official Community Plan


An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a document that lays out community perspectives on the future of a town’s development. It is a legal document, a bylaw, and there are requirements around how the document is written and updated. North Cowichan’s current Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3450 [PDF - 16.1 MB] was adopted in July 2011 (view full Bylaw list). The OCP is used as a guiding policy document for development in the Municipality.

Changing the Official Community Plan

As part of the Council Strategic Plan 2019-2022, Council has resovled to look at ways to change the Official Communtiy Plan to form the basis for local area plans through out the community. As a start, Council participated in a staff-led workshop on May 15, 2019 to understand what an OCP is, what makes a great one, and to receive an overview of the current Official Community Plan. A copy of the presentation can be found here.

North Cowichan's Official Community Plan Bylaw

North Cowichan Council approved its new Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3450 at its July 20, 2011 regular meeting.

The OCP:

  • sets out the community vision and values that will guide decision-making about our future direction
  • clarifies for residents, businesses and institutions the primary goals and objectives with the supporting policies that help the Municipality to meet its goals; and
  • informs neighbouring jurisdictions of our planned direction and identifies the areas where mutual cooperation is necessary to help us meet certain goals.
Building on the 2002 OCP, the plan affirms the direction and goals the Municipality set at that time. New in this update plan are:
  • guiding principles that underpin the plan and provide a general framework for decision-making;
  • current issues that have become more urgent since 2002
  • a revised format for presenting policies, designed to improve their clarity and ease of use.

OCP Maps: