The OCP is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land-use management within the City. As a general rule, it is reviewed annually and revised every 5 to 10 years.
Although the OCP does not commit or authorize the City to proceed with any project specified in the plan and does not have an immediate effect on property rights (e.g., existing zoning regulations will continue to apply), the OCP can have consequences that may increase the regulatory burden of developing a property (e.g., designation of development permit areas).
After the adoption of the OCP, bylaws enacted or works undertaken by Council must be consistent with the Plan. As a critical planning tool, Council, staff and citizens use the OCP to help make decisions related to:
- Where we locate housing
- What our transportation priorities are
- Which lands we protect from development
- How we protect development from hazards
- How we provide services for more sustainable development over the next 15 years