What is the Official Community Plan?

    Victoria's Official Community Plan (OCP) provides a long-term vision for how the community will grow and change out to 2040. City Council, staff, and citizens 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.

    Why does the plan need to be updated regularly?

    Regular review and update of a long-term plan is good planning practice. The OCP outlines both an Adaptive Management Framework and a Monitoring and Evaluation approach.  

    The OCP is a bylaw adopted by Council and is given authority through the British Columbia Local Government Act. As a long-term plan, the City is not obligated to immediately align any related policies or bylaws with the OCP, but they should be made consistent over time. Annual reviews are completed and approximately every five years a comprehensive review is completed.

    Why is the plan being updated now?

    Victoria's Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted by Council in 2012. Since then, several new plans, policies, and directions have been approved by Council. Additionally, the City has learned lessons through implementation and identified ways to improve policy interpretation. Many of these changes were identified in the 2019 OCP review.

    Why aren’t outcomes of the Missing Middle Initiative or Local Area Planning included in these updates?

    The Missing Middle Housing Initiative and ongoing Village and Corridor Planning are distinct planning processes. Both initiatives will result in updates to the Official Community Plan at the end of the process.

    What recent plans and policies are being considered as part of this update?

    The OCP guided the development of several city-wide plans and policies in recent years that provide more detailed objectives, policies, and targets. These include:

    • Victoria Climate Leadership Plan (2018)
    • Go Victoria – Our Mobility Future (2019)
    • Transgender, Non-Binary and Two-Spirit + Inclusion Action Plan (2019)  
    • Inclusionary Housing and Community Amenity Policy (2019)
    • Accessibility Framework (2020)  
    • Victoria 3.0 - Recovery Reinvention Resilience - 2020-2041 (2020)
    • Endorsed guidelines and principles of the equity framework (2019)  

    Can I provide feedback on city wide plans that are requiring these OCP amendments?

    Many of the updates are the result of recent planning processes that included public engagement. This process will not revisit the details of those plans as they have already been approved, but rather will ensure alignment between them and the OCP.

    What parts of the plan will be updated?

    The key sections that will be updated are listed below. Minor amendments to related sections may also be made for consistency throughout the plan.

    • OCP Chapter 6 – Land Management and Development
    • OCP Chapter 7 – Transportation and Mobility and related sections  
    • OCP Chapter 12 – Climate Change and Energy and related sections
    • OCP Chapter 13 – Housing and Homelessness and related sections  
    • OCP Chapter 15 – Community Well-being and Equity and related sections
    • Appendix A – Development Permit Areas and Heritage Conservation Areas and related sections  

    You can learn more about the updates to these sections and why they are being made on the project page under Topic Areas.

    How can I be involved?

    You can ask questions or provide input related to specific updates, or the project as a whole, on the project page at engage.victoria.ca. 

    We will be reaching out to stakeholders and community organizations over the course of the project to collect input and answer any questions the community may have.

    If you live in an area that may be affected by changes to development permit areas, you will receive a direct mail notification and your local Community Association Land Use Committee (CALUC) will be notified.

    How will my feedback be used?

    These updates are being guided in part by plans, policies, and directions that were created through previous public engagement. This process is not intended to explore or reassess approved plans and directions, but rather consider how they will be integrated into the OCP, ensuring they are clear, readable, and aligned with the established vision and goals in the OCP. There are a few topics where more specific feedback is required.