What is an Official Community Plan (OCP)?
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is essential in managing future growth and development. Under the new legislation, the OCP must be prepared in consultation with a professional community planner as licensed under The Community Planning Profession Act. Additional review by a solicitor is highly recommended.
The purpose of the OCP is to provide a comprehensive policy framework to guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of the municipality or any part of the municipality. A community plan is a growth management strategy for a municipality. An OCP enables a municipality to set development goals, objectives and policies which council can use to manage land use, subdivision, municipal services, and public utilities in the municipality. An OCP must incorporate, as is practical, any applicable provincial land use policies and statements of provincial interest. An OCP is required to identify policies that address:
- sustainable current and future land use and development in the municipality;
- current and future economic development;
- the general provision of public works;
- the management of lands that are subject to natural hazards including, flooding, slope and instability;
- the management of environmentally sensitive lands;
- source water protection; and
- implementation of the OCP.