Official Community Plan


The next phase in North Cowichans update of the Official Community Plan (OCP) is to develop a land use plan with policies that will guide growth management and land use decisions for the next 20 years.  Three growth scenarios have been developed to show how future growth could be accommodated, and the Municipality is seeking feedback from residents on these concepts.  This round of engagement builds on the OCP Vision and Goals that were established from community input gathered last fall. 

How can you get involved?

1. Participate in a Webinar.  To help residents participate to the fullest extent, a webinar will be hosted on Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to share more information and to answer questions. A recording of the webinar will be available on this webpage. Residents must register at the link below.

2. Complete the Survey: Open to all residents and will be available until June 6, 2021.  You may complete the survey in the following ways:

  • Online: Growth Management Survey
  • Hardcopy: You may either pick up a hard copy survey at Municipal Hall or call at 250-746-3155 to receive a copy of the survey in the mail. Hardcopy versions of the survey may be returned to Municipal Hall at the dropbox located at the main entrance. 

3. Review background information.  A link to additional information about this phase of the project is provided below. 


The Municipality of North Cowichan is currently undertaking an update to its Official Community Plan (OCP) - to thinkForward and plan for the future of our community.  

The project was initiated by Council in 2019 based on direction from Council‘s 2019-2022 Strategic Plan which states a priority as: To rewrite the Official Community Plan, forming the basis for local area plans throughout the community (Quamichan area, Berkeys Corner and Maple Bay)


Official Community Plan Update Project Process

The OCP project is split into four key phases. Click to view the Project Timeline [PDF - 201 KB]

Phase 1 - Background, Planning and Launch - April 2019 to February 2020 This phase kicked off the project internally, organizing the internal project team, collating background information, issuing the RFP and developing an Engagement Strategy.

Phase 2 - Community Vision and Local Character Mapping - February 2020 to February 202This phase consists of finalizing project initiation with the consultant, including developing an engagement plan, identified of opportunities and strengths and constraints via a Gap Analysis Report and confirmation of vision and community character values.

Phase 3 - Policy Options and Plan Development - January 2021 to October 2021 (NOW!) This phase focuses on creating the OCP document.  Development of growth scenarios and policy direction will include options and selection of urban containment boundaries, land use designations, and growth targets and development of final policies and maps.

Phase 4 - Plan Adoption - November 2021 to February 2021 This phase will finalize the plan, with the adoption of the Plan by Council.  This phase will be conducted by staff and not the consultant.  

Additional Information


Ways to Connect

We want the plan to be driven by the community. Here is how you can stay informed and get involved:

  • Sign up for our "Official Community Plan Project" newsletter
  • Connect with the OCP Project on PlaceSpeak where various surveys and discussions will take place (note: you will need to sign into your PlaceSpeak account or register)
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@NorthCowichan)  

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 Official Community Plan - 2011

North Cowichan‘s current Official Community Plan was adopted in 2011. For more information please visit the current 2011 OCP webpage.