Tofino Official Community Plan (OCP)

The District of Tofino’s "Official Community Plan 2019" is officially underway.

Community Feedback Gathering

Over the summer of 2018 staff began working on a number of land use projects that will help inform and guide the Official Community Plan; such as the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, Cox Bay Area Plan, Industrial Lands Review, Flood Plain Mapping, and Coastal Risk Assessment. A number of events were held in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, and gave community members the chance to gather information and provide feedback on the plan's community vision and guiding principles, as well as the community's expectations around growth. 

Phase 1:  Visioning & Setting Directions (Summer/Fall 2018):  In Phase 1 of Tofino's Official Community Plan (OCP) Update process, community members were invited to participate in the OCP on the Streets, Beach Pop Up's, Community Hall Opening, and an online survey to share their vision for what they would like to see in the 2019 OCP.  We received over 250 responses from the community about priorities for the Official Community Plan - results from these events are posted below.

Phase 2:  Background Research (Summer/Fall 2018):  In Phase 2 of Tofino's Official Community Plan (OCP) Update Process, community members were invited to participate in Plan-a-Palooza, and an online survey to provide feedback on our Community Vision, Guiding Principles, and Growth Management.  Results from the Phase 2 events are posted below. 

Phase 3:  Options & Trade-offs (Winter 2018/2019) The 2019 OCP is intended to be a relatively simple land use plan of limited scope developed with consideration of real world constraints including water system capacity, housing affordability, and attention to natural hazards. It is not a work plan nor an aspirational document, it is a focused approach to development over a short to medium term timeframe (5-10 years). Projects and plans to support the goals of the OCP will be identified in Council strategic plans and the District’s financial plan. Community aspirations unrelated to land use are the focus of the integrated community sustainability plan which “…incorporates the vision and goals previously articulated by the community through existing plans, and synthesizes them into a set of common, clear, outcome-based goal statements for the community.

The 2019 OCP is divided into three main parts which are further subdivided into twelve sections. Part A is the Plan Overview and includes three sections, the Introduction, Vision and Guiding Principles, and Context sections. This part describes the purpose of an OCP, outlines Tofino’s history, regional relationships, existing land base, and confirms community values. It concludes with specific direction about the type of growth that will be the focus of this OCP and growth targets for the next 5-10 years. Part A provides the framework and the basis for the policies that form Part B which in turn will influence land use decisions over the life of the 2019 OCP.

2019-11-04 RTCOW Draft OCP Part A.pdf

2019-11-04 RTCOW Draft OCP Part A - Appendix 1.pdf

    The District is looking for the community's feedback on the Part B draft.

    Opportunities for public consultation include:

            at Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre & Tofino Council Chambers;

Information from this consultation period will be used to refine and adjust Part B and inform the drafting of Part C of the Official Community Plan. It is expected that Parts B & C of the OCP will be introduced to Council, stakeholders, and the wider community in early 2020 with first reading of the bylaw tentatively planned for spring 2020.

Phase 4:  Drafting the Plan (Spring 2019)

Phase 5:  Finalizing the Plan (Fall 2019)      

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Process

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Overview

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Phase 1 Consultation Results

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Phase 2 Consultation Results

Please keep your eyes and ears on this webpage and the District's social media accounts (facebook / twitter) for future opportunities to be involved in the development of this important bylaw. Stay informed and up to date by subscribing to our District email list via this link:

Official Community Plan FAQ

Please review the FAQ below for more information about the OCP. Alternatively, you can contact Aaron Rodgers anytime with questions like:


An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a document that lays out community perspectives on the future of a town’s development. It is a legal document, a bylaw, and there are requirements around how the document is written and updated.

In conjunction with other plans and bylaws, the OCP is used as a guiding policy document for development in Tofino.


Municipalities in British Columbia have the authority to adopt an Official Community Plan through the Local Government Act. Legislation identifies the necessary components of these Plans, and establishes adoption procedures.

The current OCP was updated in May 2013 after an extensive public engagement process. The OCP Implementation and Monitoring Committee directed the update process.

Right now (2018), the District of Tofino is beginning another review of the OCP, with particular focus on the areas of Cox Bay and Industrial Way. Over the next 18 months, there will be multiple opportunities for the public to learn more and provide feedback. Stay tuned to District of Tofino communications channels (email list, website, social media).


From time to time, Council will consider amendments to the OCP Bylaw which may result in changes to this document. Users of this document will need to assume responsibility for making the necessary inquiries regarding these changes.

For more information, contact the Community Sustainability Department.

2013 Official Community Plan Bylaw


•Residential development required to meet anticipated housing needs over a period of at least 5 years;

•Present and proposed commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural, recreational and public utility land uses;

•Sand and gravel deposits that are suitable for future sand and gravel extraction;

•Land that is subject to hazardous conditions or that is environmentally sensitive to development;

•Major road, sewer and water systems;

•Public facilities, including schools, parks and waste treatment and disposal sites;

•Affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing; and

• Targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

•Policies of the local government relating to social needs, social well-being and social development;

•Policies of the local government relating to the preservation, protection, restoration and enhancement of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity.

Contact Us

Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Community Sustainability
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 701
(F) 250-725-3775