What is an Official Community Plan?

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a City bylaw that defines policies for the way land is to be used and developed in a City, over a 20-30 year timeframe. Aside from providing policy direction on development, the OCP addresses other matters important to a City such as economic development, transportation, housing, environmental protection, and infrastructure, in order to guide decisions in a way that helps achieve the community’s long-term vision.

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1. What is an Official Community Plan?
2. What is the difference between the Official Community Plan and the Zoning Bylaw?
3. The City just adopted a new OCP in 2017. Why is the City reviewing the OCP so soon?
4. What issues and topics are part of the OCP review?
5. Who uses an Official Community Plan (OCP)?
6. What happens to development applications during an OCP Review?