Official Community Plan Update


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.

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  • If my area changes from Fernwood to North Park, what changes should I expect in regards to property taxes or utilities? Changes to house zoning? Etc....

    PamLacey asked 6 months ago

    Hello, Thanks for your question.  There are no changes to property taxes, utility costs or zoning associated with the proposed boundary changes.

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

    7 months ago

    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 will you do to ensure that Victoria maintains its historical buildings and traditional neighborhood that make it a delight to live in and our primary tourism draw?

    RMJ46 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question. The Official Community Plan includes a chapter on Placemaking, Urban Design and Heritage. The chapter recognizes the need to celebrate and protect Victoria’s cultural and natural heritage and envisions attractive and high quality architecture and urban design that enhance the sense of place and unique character of local areas. Policies in this chapter are considered when new development is proposed. No changes are being considered to this chapter and the policies will continue to apply following any amendments to the OCP.

  • The pdf version is not available when clicking. It defaults back to the primary doc. where is the pdf version/ Clicking returns to the primary document again, clicking returns to the primary project document and not to the amendments.

    8 months ago

    Thank-you for flagging this issue for us. The linked document was inaccurately titled. We’ve corrected the issue and it is now appropriately titled, “OCP Update Summaries.” The detailed amendments have not yet been prepared and will be informed by any questions or feedback we receive through this first phase of early engagement. You can register for updates on the project page to be notified when new information is available, including the proposed detailed amendments by topic area.

  • Is this overloading already busy streets?

    8 months ago

    Thanks for your question. With a growing population, our streets are going to get busier -- and that is why we consider transportation in all land use planning and proposed developments. Go Victoria, the City’s sustainable mobility strategy, is the high-level policy document that was adopted in 2019 and guides transportation planning. Go Victoria recognizes that increased development pressures within and from outside the city will continue to exacerbate highway congestion and trip duration unless we make changes in how we move people, goods and services. Our approach targets investments to improve the efficiency of our networks among all modes of travel. This means making investments in things like coordinated traffic signals, dedicated bus lanes, wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, car share stalls, and innovative parking management systems. We need to manage new demand from population growth and prioritize walking, cycling, public transit and shared mobility so that our already-busy streets can continue to support our city for decades to come.

  • It is now mid-spring. When will we know the results of this initial engagement?

    RMJ46 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question. This phase of engagement provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about the updates we are considering, ask questions, and provide early feedback. We will use this early feedback as we begin to prepare draft amendments for each topic area. We will include a summary of what we heard and how it informed the approach when we bring the draft amendments to the public to review, beginning this summer. You can register for updates on the project page to be notified when new information is available.

  • Will these questions and responses be tabulate and will we be able to access the feedback you get in these questions?

    RMJ46 asked 8 months ago

    Thanks for your question. This phase of engagement provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about the updates we are considering, ask questions, and provide early feedback. We will use this early feedback as we begin to prepare draft amendments for each topic area. We will include a summary of what we heard and how it informed the approach when we bring the draft amendments to the public to review, beginning this summer. You can register for updates on the project page to be notified when new information is available.

Page last updated: 29 April 2021, 15:19