Official Community Plan


An Official Community Plan is a 30 year plan that provides direction for growth and change in a community.

City Council, staff, and citizens refer to the plan for guidance on decisions such as where to locate housing and businesses, transportation priorities, and how the community will respond to climate change.

Victoria's new Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted by Council in 2012 after two and a half years of public consultation with more than 6,000 people. The City's previous plan was last updated in 1995.

Victoria's new OCP focuses on vibrant, walkable villages and town centres while maintaining the downtown core as the heart of the region. It introduces a new approach to land-use management by recognizing the unique neighbourhood character and sense of place of different parts of the city, and emphasizes sustainable transportation such as walking, cycling, and transit.

An implementation strategy has been developed to put the plan into action. An annual review is presented to Council to track progress towards implementation and achieving the OCP's vision.

Please be advised that amendments to the Official Community Plan were approved by Council on July 13, 2017. These amendments concern properties in the Burnside Neighbourhood. Staff are in the process of undertaking the amendments, which will be posted online shortly. In the meantime, please contact staff at 250-361-0212 or refer to amendment bylaw 17 -071 and 17-072 for further information on appropriate land uses and development permit areas.The amendment bylaws may be found here:

For amendments regarding Urban Place Designations:

For amendments to Development Permit Areas:

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