Official Community Plan Update

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The City is engaging the community to update parts of the Official Community Plan (OCP) to reflect recently approved plans and policies, improve clarity, and respond to emerging trends.

Victoria's OCP was adopted in 2012. It provides a long-term vision for how the community will grow and change out to 2040. The City and the community refer to the plan for guidance on decisions such as where to locate housing and businesses, transportation priorities, and how the community will respond to climate change.

In recent years, several new plans, policies, and directions have been approved by Council (see the Policy


The City is engaging the community to update parts of the Official Community Plan (OCP) to reflect recently approved plans and policies, improve clarity, and respond to emerging trends.

Victoria's OCP was adopted in 2012. It provides a long-term vision for how the community will grow and change out to 2040. The City and the community refer to the plan for guidance on decisions such as where to locate housing and businesses, transportation priorities, and how the community will respond to climate change.

In recent years, several new plans, policies, and directions have been approved by Council (see the Policy Documents section to the right). Updates will ensure alignment between these and the OCP. Additionally, the City has learned lessons over almost nine years of implementing the OCP and has identified ways to improve policy interpretation.


What we’re engaging on:

Amendments to the Official Community Plan (OCP). For more detail, read the OCP Update Summaries, or click on a topic area below.


How we got here:

The 2019 Official Community Plan Annual Review was presented to Council in October 2020. The report included recommendations for a series of OCP updates to reflect recently adopted plans and policies, to respond to emerging trends, and to improve clarity and interpretation of the OCP. Council directed staff to proceed with the required public consultation to amend the OCP accordingly. The Council report, discussion, and decision can be accessed here.


What decision is being made now? What input are we seeking now?

We are now in the first phase of engagement for completing these OCP updates and providing opportunities for the community to ask questions about the proposed amendments. Please see the Topic Areas below to learn more about the specific amendments being considered.

When will we be seeking public input?

We are currently in the first round of engagement, Early Engagement, sharing the general updates that are being considering and why. Please feel free to ask questions or provide feedback on the overall approach. You can do this for topic-specific updates using the Topic Area tabs below, or for the overall project using the General Questions tab.

In the next round of engagement, you will be able to review the draft amendments in detail and provide additional feedback.


What is the level of public participation?

This process ranges from Inform to Involve on the City’s spectrum of participation (see the City Engagement Framework to learn more).


How will input be sought?

Participate in the Topic Area sections of this page to ask questions or provide general feedback. The City will also be reaching out directly to key stakeholders. Detailed amendments will be available for feedback in the next round of engagement.