Tofino Official Community Plan (OCP)

2019 Official Community Plan Update

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

Community Feedback Gathering

Thank you! In response to the events held in May - such as OCP in the Streets, Beach Pop Up’s, Cox Bay Open House, Ucluelet Secondary School guest lecture and Community Hall Opening - we received over 300 completed surveys from the community about priorities for the Official Community Plan and Cox Bay Area Plan. Staff are taking some time to learn about what we heard. We will report back soon with the consultation results and next steps in the process.

There will be many other opportunities over the next 18 months to provide additional input on a wide variety of topics. Please keep your eyes and ears open for further opportunities to be involved in the development of this important bylaw on our OCP webpage and social media accounts. Stay in touch by subscribing to our District email list by sending notice to office@tofino.ca.

Official Community Plan Tofino 2018 - Process

Official Community Plan Tofino 2018 - Overview


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

  • What is an OCP?
  • Why do we need an OCP anyways?
  • Where did you get that great hat?

     

2013 Official Community Plan Bylaw

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.

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).

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.

OCP "MUSTS" OCP "MAYS"

•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
(E) arodgers@tofino.ca