Official Community Plan


Courtenay's Official Community Plan is under review!

Visit the OCP Update project page for more information, and learn how you can get involved and stay informed on the process throughout 2020. Learn more

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 includes a Development Permit section which helps strengthen the design, landscaping and environmental requirements for new development.   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

Local Area Plans Contained in the Official Community Plan

Maps contained within the Official Community Plan

How to make an Application to Amend the Official Community Plan

An OCP amendment is required when a proposed land use is not consistent with the land use designations of the OCP.

As a requirement of the Development Application Procedures Bylaw, applicants are required to erect a Public Notice Sign on the property and are also required to conduct a Neighbourhood Public Information Meeting before the application proceeds to council for consideration.

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.