Official Community Plan


As part of the Community Character Phase of the Official Community Plan Update Project, Community Dialogues will be held and hosted by MODUS (consultant) that are intended to supplement the results of the Community Character Survey and will be used to compile community profiles.  Once completed, these profiles will inform the policy development process and be incoporated into the new OCP.

During these sessions, particapants can expect to learn about what community character means in the context of an OCP.  There will also be a facilitated discussion and an exercise that will provide the opportunity to have a conversation about the places that make North Cowichan and its communities special.  

These Community Dialogues will be held over Zoom and are open to the public to attend.  Attendees must register for the event, and registration does have a limit so please register as soon as you can.  The dates for these events include the following:


North Cowichan has launched a Community Character Survey to seek feedback through a short, interactive survey on various physical features that embody the look and feel of each community to better understand community character.  You may complete the survey in the following ways:


 For more information about this stage of the project, please visit the Community Character page.  

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.