Tofino Official Community Plan (OCP)
Official Community Plan FAQ
WHAT IS AN OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN?
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.
HOW IS AN OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN CREATED?
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.
CAN AN OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BE CHANGED?
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
- District of Tofino Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1200, 2013
- Gateway Development Permit Area Report
2018 Official Community Plan Update
A full OCP rewrite is scheduled for 2018. The rewrite will be leaner than the previous iterations, and focus on the following:
- Planning for Cox Bay, Industrial Way, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations lands;
- Reassess the Tourism Focus Areas, Clayoquot View Estates, Local Area Plans, and Neighbourhood Nodes;
- Staff will use the "Vision to Action" plan, the recommendations of the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission", and an upcoming low-flow water analysis to guide consultation.
Consultation will begin in 2017 and continue into the spring of 2018.
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•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.