Official Community Plan

Public Engagement as part of the Community Character phase is now complete.  Thank you to everyone who participated in either the Community Character Survey and/or the Community Character Dialogues.  Results from both of these initiatives will be used to develop Community Character Profiles for each unique community in North Cowichan.  The next steps in this project will be starting the growth management phase - stay tuned to learn more about how you can get involved in this phase!

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

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 (NOW!) - 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 July 2021 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 - August 2021 to July 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.