OCP Update

Courtenay's Official Community Plan is being reviewed!

Please check back on this webpage to stay up to date on project updates and learn how to get involved.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Official Community Plan Ideas Fair on February 19, 2020.

View the Ideas Fair panels:

Ideas Fair Welcome Panel [PDF - 2 MB]

Ideas Fair Display Panels [PDF - 9 MB]

Ideas Fair Interactive Panels [PDF - 12 MB]

OCP Advisory Committee Panels [PDF - 2 MB]

Missed the launch, but still want to provide input at this stage? No problem! An on-line community survey will be available in early March. The best way to ensure you're notified of this opportunity is to sign up for the OCP Update E-newsletter below.


OCP Update E-Newsletter


What is an Official Community Plan?

The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a tool for Council and citizens to manage change in our community. The OCP sets out land use categories and approximate locations and densities of land uses. It becomes adopted as a Bylaw by Council and directs all other community plans including servicing plans, development design standards and the Zoning Bylaw.

New developments must be in line with the land use designations and other policies outlined within it.  The OCP applies to the entire municipality and is the principal policy document that Council uses to make decisions on matters such as:

  • Land use
  • Growth management
  • Design of the built environment
  • Protection of the environment
  • Climate change
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Economic development
  • Infrastructure
  • Housing needs

View Courtenay's existing Official Community Plan

News and Updates:

February 5, 2020: Upcoming Courtenay Official Community Plan Ideas Fair

Why is the Official Community Plan being updated?

After nearly 15 years, the Official Community Plan (OCP) update is required to ensure it meets current population projections and community values, while continuing to meet statutory requirements. Courtenay has been experiencing steady growth and is projected to continue to be a desirable place to settle. The ultimate objective of the OCP update is to generate “climate friendly” community planning solutions in line with Courtenay Council's 2019 declaration of a Climate Crisis.

Please check back on this webpage to stay up to date on project updates and learn how to get involved.