Official Community Plan

What is an Official Community Plan?

An OCP is a document that articulates the guiding vision for a community, typically over a 20-year period. It is a legal document (a bylaw) that focues on objectives and policies for planning and land-use. Official Community Plans are used by Council and staff in budgeting, servicing, planning capital projects, and reviewing development applications. They are used by residents and businesses as a reference for investment decisions, and by school districts and community organizations to guide facility planning and service delivery. North Cowichan’s current Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 3450 [PDF - 16.1 MB] was adopted in July 2011, and a review/update of the Plan was initiated by Council in 2019.

The OCP Project

Council's 2019-2022 Strategic Plan committed to "rewrite the Official Community Plan, forming the basis for local area plans throughout the community (e.g. Quamichan area, Berkey’s Corner area, and Maple Bay Village)." Follow-along with the update process here!