Official Community Plan

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The Courtenay OCP Bylaw 3070 was adopted on July 25, 2022!
The City of Courtenay thanks the hundreds of people who participated in the Official Community Plan (OCP) consultation since early 2020. The OCP is a community effort!


A comprehensive review of the Courtenay Zoning Bylaw will occur following adoption of the new OCP.


To learn more background info on OCP Bylaw No. 3070 visit: OCP Project Archive page.


General Information

The Official Community Plan (OCP) is a tool for Council and citizens to manage change in our community. The OCP Bylaw, Local Area Plans and Map links below are for the OCP that is currently in effect.

An OCP guides a wide range of land use and other municipal decisions, ensuring they are influenced by a comprehensive community vision. It informs all City operations, services, programs, and development approvals.The OCP applies to the entire municipality and is the principal policy document that Council uses to make decisions on matters such as:

  • Growth Management & Land use
  • Layout & Design of the Built Environment
  • Streets & Transportation
  • Buildings & Landscape
  • Affordable Housing
  • Natural Environment
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Municipal Infrastructure
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Arts, Culture, & Heritage
  • Food Systems
  • Economic Development

Courtenay’s OCP is symbolized by a compass which identifies the four core directions of the plan: reconciliation, community well-being, equity, and climate action. These core directions are reflected in the hundreds of policies contained throughout the plan.


Local Area Plan Contained in the Official Community Plan

Local Area Plans provide more detailed planning direction for a particular area. OCP Bylaw No. 3070 currently contains one Local Area Plan:

Maps contained within the Official Community Plan

Development Application Related Policies from the OCP

Policies that inform development proposals and requirements are listed in this 14 page Development Standards Policies Reference Guide [PDF - 313 KB].

Development Permit Areas *Now* Located in the Zoning Bylaw

Large buildings, infill residential development and work near or within environmentally sensitive areas, steep slopes or adjacent to farms often require a Development Permit.

Development permits regulate form and character, signage, siting, landscaping, screening, lighting and parking. They also provide conditions to protect the natural environment, protect farming, and protect development from natural hazards such as steep slopes where applicable. The Development Permit Areas are designated in the OCP but the implementation-oriented guidelines are now located in Zoning Bylaw No. 2500. See the Development Permits page for more information.

How to Make a Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment Application

An Official Community Plan amendment is required when a proposed land use designation is not permitted under the current land use designation for a property.

Step 1

Identify the current land use designation for the property you wish to amend. Ensure that your development proposal meets the required guidelines and regulations.

**Prior to submitting any application, you are advised to discuss the proposal including specific application requirements for your project and required fees with Planning Division Staff.**

Step 2

Read the Official Community Plan Amendment Application Form and Guidelines to understand the application process and required submissions. Complete the application form and compile the required application submissions prior to sending an application to the City.

  • Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment Application Form & Guildelines [PDF - 332 KB]
  • Note - K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) has enacted a Cultural Heritage Investigation Permit (CHIP), which is required for development works within a certain proximity of watercourses and all areas having a high archeological potential. Where applicable, staff and Council advise applicants to contact KFN directly to learn if a CHIP is required. The CHIP is administered by KFN. For more information contact the KFN administrative office at 250-339-4545 extension 112, or visit
  • Note - For properties that contain or are adjacent to Environmentally Sensitive Areas, staff and Council encourage applicants to work with the Comox Valley Conservation Partnership ( early in the design stages of a project to obtain valuable feedback on design options that could help mitigate, improve or adapt to environmental conditions of the development site. Please indicate if you have contacted them.
  • Note - Civil Infrastructure (Development Engineering) Servicing Submissions are required as part of a Development Permit Application. The Specifications for Development Engineering Drawings document [PDF - 301 KB] provides more information on how to prepare for these submisssions.

Step 3

Read the following information handouts to become familiar with their requirements (this process takes placer after an application has been submitted (required with all OCP amendment applications). Staff will provide the applicant with the required list of notification labels for who they are required to notify for the Public Information Meeting or the Alternative Public Information Mailout Process (determined by the Director of Development Services).

Step 4

Read the following information handout to become familiar with the requirement for the installation of a Public Notice Sign on the property that the OCP amendment appication applies to. Staff will provide the applicant with the sign details and information for them to have the sign construction. 

Step 5

Complete the following forms and include them with the applications submissions (required with all development applications).

Step 6

When you feel that you are familiar with the requirements for making a OCP amendment application and have completed and compiled all of the required application submissions, contact Planning staff for a final review of submissions and staff will forward a link for you to upload your submissions to and provide you with the required application fees and methods available for payment.