What is an Official Community Plan?

Before you can proceed with a community economic development plan, you must first have an Official Community Plan (OCP). 

An OCP can be developed by both municipalities and regional districts and provides the longer term vision for the community.

Under the Local Government Act section 875, an OCP is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the area covered by the plan, respecting the purposes of local government.

Local governments are encouraged to consider how the OCP can be integrated with other community strategies, including transportation plans, sustainability plans, and waste management plans. Approaching planning and development in an integrated way supports coordinated efforts.

If a local government chooses to prepare and adopt an OCP, there are requirements for statements and map designations that can be found via the Local Government Department.

What to Include in Your Official Community Plan

Your vision & development intentions

To support your economic development strategies and help you achieve your objectives, your official community plan must include statements and maps presenting your vision and development intentions for each land use zone.

Regional context statement

Land use, economic development and other issues that cross municipal boundaries are often recognized and addressed in a regional growth strategy.  If your region has a regional growth strategy in place, your official community plan must include a regional context statement.