Official Community Plan Review - Phase 1

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The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has initiated a comprehensive review of our Official Community Plans. We are currently in the first phase of this multi-year project.


The Project

The SCRD has initiated a comprehensive review and update of our Official Community Plans (OCP). OCPs describe the long-term vision of communities to guide future land use. An OCP covers:

  • How land can be used, whether it should be used for houses, industry, commercial, parks, natural areas, or a mix of uses;
  • What sensitive areas need protection or conservation measures;
  • What density of growth is suitable for each area; and
  • What amenities and services, like parks, sewers, and schools are needed to facilitate development in appropriate areas.

An OCP is typically reviewed every five to ten years to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of the community. Changes to OCPs can be considered by the SCRD Board in between major updates. The SCRD has seven OCPs that range from 5 to 28 years old, which all require updates to meet current Provincial requirements and best practices. It’s time for a comprehensive review and update.

Phase 1

Phase 1 marks the start of this multi-year project. Currently, staff are conducting background research on best practices, planning subsequent project phases, and engagement opportunities. Further, Phase 1 will include emergency updates to SCRD policies and regulations that should not wait for a multi-year process to be completed. These emergency policy updates are focused on compliance with Provincial regulations and Planning best practices. These updates are likely to include amendments to SCRD Zoning Bylaws and OCP Development Permit Areas.

The SCRD will retain a consultant to support the OCP comprehensive review and update process.

After Phase 1

The project will enter the next phases after project scoping and emergency updates are complete. This is when the SCRD will be actively seeking broad community feedback on the long-term vision for the region.

The initial goals of the OCP comprehensive review include:

  • Ensure OCP policies conform and are consistent with provincial Acts and regulations, such as the Local Government Act, Riparian Areas Protection Regulation, and Housing Supply Act;
  • Strengthen policy clarity and outcomes, taking into consideration factors such as reconciliation, climate change, housing needs, and potential emergencies;
  • A new policy framework that is responsive to the complex development pressures and long-range needs of the region; and
  • Respond the to the needs and values of current and future residents.

The OCP comprehensive review is anticipated to be the largest planning project ever undertaken by SCRD Planning & Development Department. The project will include multiple phases, with opportunities for community engagement at each step.


Engagement Opportunities

This project will involve many opportunities for engagement over the next two to three years. Community members are encouraged to join the project email list to receive updates and learn about engagement opportunities.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has initiated a comprehensive review of our Official Community Plans. We are currently in the first phase of this multi-year project.


The Project

The SCRD has initiated a comprehensive review and update of our Official Community Plans (OCP). OCPs describe the long-term vision of communities to guide future land use. An OCP covers:

  • How land can be used, whether it should be used for houses, industry, commercial, parks, natural areas, or a mix of uses;
  • What sensitive areas need protection or conservation measures;
  • What density of growth is suitable for each area; and
  • What amenities and services, like parks, sewers, and schools are needed to facilitate development in appropriate areas.

An OCP is typically reviewed every five to ten years to ensure it remains relevant and continues to meet the needs of the community. Changes to OCPs can be considered by the SCRD Board in between major updates. The SCRD has seven OCPs that range from 5 to 28 years old, which all require updates to meet current Provincial requirements and best practices. It’s time for a comprehensive review and update.

Phase 1

Phase 1 marks the start of this multi-year project. Currently, staff are conducting background research on best practices, planning subsequent project phases, and engagement opportunities. Further, Phase 1 will include emergency updates to SCRD policies and regulations that should not wait for a multi-year process to be completed. These emergency policy updates are focused on compliance with Provincial regulations and Planning best practices. These updates are likely to include amendments to SCRD Zoning Bylaws and OCP Development Permit Areas.

The SCRD will retain a consultant to support the OCP comprehensive review and update process.

After Phase 1

The project will enter the next phases after project scoping and emergency updates are complete. This is when the SCRD will be actively seeking broad community feedback on the long-term vision for the region.

The initial goals of the OCP comprehensive review include:

  • Ensure OCP policies conform and are consistent with provincial Acts and regulations, such as the Local Government Act, Riparian Areas Protection Regulation, and Housing Supply Act;
  • Strengthen policy clarity and outcomes, taking into consideration factors such as reconciliation, climate change, housing needs, and potential emergencies;
  • A new policy framework that is responsive to the complex development pressures and long-range needs of the region; and
  • Respond the to the needs and values of current and future residents.

The OCP comprehensive review is anticipated to be the largest planning project ever undertaken by SCRD Planning & Development Department. The project will include multiple phases, with opportunities for community engagement at each step.


Engagement Opportunities

This project will involve many opportunities for engagement over the next two to three years. Community members are encouraged to join the project email list to receive updates and learn about engagement opportunities.

Page last updated: 21 Aug 2023, 08:51 AM