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What is an Official Community Plan?

An Official Community Plan (OCP) sets out the vision, goals and objectives for future land use and development in the District and contains policies to achieve this vision. This broad, over-arching policy document provides guidance and direction on a variety of topic areas including land use, environmentally sensitive areas, agriculture, rural character, housing, transportation, parks, and infrastructure and community amenities.

The critical role of an OCP is to direct development, infrastructure and corresponding investments that will ensure a high quality of life for decades to come.

The North Saanich Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1130, 2007

Official Community Plan Maps and Schedules

Council has identified a comprehensive OCP review process to be initiated in 2020. The update will refine and update land uses, mapping and policies to reflect the community’s vision to clearly signal where development is to be accommodated and supported with corresponding infrastructure and amenities.

What is a Regional Context Statement?

Additionally the OCP includes a Regional Context Statement within Section 16 which demonstrates how the District is consistent or working towards consistency with the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board adopted an updated RGS in March 2018. All municipalities have accepted the RGS and the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director endorsed the RGS at the CRD Board. The adoption of the RGS concludes the update process. The District is now working towards aligning its OCP Regional Context Statement with the “2018 Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw 4017”.  

The Regional Growth Strategy for the Capital Regional District Bylaw No 4017, 2018.

For more information please see Regional Growth Strategy Project page.

For further information, please contact the Planning and Community Services department.

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