An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the long-term vision and consolidation of Council’s objectives for land use, as well as the form and character of development. In simple terms, an OCP shows the future vision of a community and guides all land use planning and development towards this vision. Furthermore, the OCP identifies land use designations and types of development that Council considers appropriate.
The OCP sets the stage for the Zoning Bylaw, which clearly identifies what uses are permitted in different areas of to the City. Further regulations around form and character are defined by the City’s Development Permit Area Guidelines.
For more information on how to apply for an OCP or Zoning Amendment, check out our brochure on OCP and Zoning Amendment Application Procedures