2013 Official Community Plan Review

A second Public Hearing for the Official Community Plan is scheduled for March 10, 2014 at 5:30pm. Following the first Public Hearing on December 9, 2013, Council directed staff to prepare two changes to the OCP based on feedback that was received. The OCP was amended on February 11, 2014 to include the following two changes:

  • A change in land use designation for the property located at 5440 Silver Star Road from Rural / Agricultural to Hillside Residential; and
  • A revised Policy 15.2 that more clearly states that the intent of the policy surrounding consideration of ALR exclusion applications is to work within the Regional Growth Strategy and the OCP's growth strategy.

Please click here to view a memo to Council outlining the above changes in more detail.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cleo Corbett, Long Range Planner at 250-550-7830 or ccorbett@vernon.ca.

The City of Vernon is undertaking a review of the Official Community Plan (OCP) . This review is intended to ensure that the plan is effective in achieving the vision created by the community during the development of the OCP in 2008.

What is an Official Community Plan?

An OCP is the guiding document for land use and development in a municipality. When City Council and staff are considering policy, land use and development proposals, the OCP guides the decision making process.


Vernon's 2008 OCP has nine Guiding Principles:

  • Protect and preserve green spaces and sensitive areas
  • Ensure housing meets the needs of the whole community
  • Create a culture of sustainability
  • Protect agricultural land
  • Create strong, compact and complete neighbourhoods
  • Provide alternative transportation
  • Revitalize the Downtown
  • Ensure development pays for itself
  • Create a youth friendly city

Vernon's OCP focuses on promoting compact urban development that supports infrastructure management, encourages more housing choices and provides transportation options. This is achieved by focusing on the City Centre as the top priority for redevelopment, followed by a network of "neighbourhood centres" throughout the city, such as the Waterfront and the area around Polson Mall. New opportunities for development on hillsides and agricultural lands is limited.

This compact urban development pattern provides more opportunities for cycling, walking and transit and is supported by strategic investments in sidewalks, cycling routes, buses and facilities like the new transit terminus. Development on hillsides must conform to detailed design guidelines and ecologically sensitive areas are protected through the Environmental Areas Strategy.

Why do a Review?

This review is an opportunity to check in on the OCP to see which policies are working well and which ones need to be updated. The goal is to ensure that the policies in the OCP are as effective as possible in meeting the community's vision for Vernon. Since 2008, there have been many changes in the local, provincial and national context. Updating the plan to be consistent with these changes helps to ensure that the policies will be as effective as possible.

Vernon's Transportation Plan Review will also be taking place at the same time as the OCP,  The transportation maps provided in the OCP will be updated following the completion of this review.

Existing Official Community Plan – the current Official Community Plan, adopted in 2008.

Draft Official Community Planthe proposed Official Community Plan currently before Council for consideration.

Public Consultation To-Date

A series of open houses were held from February to May of 2013. Information presented at those sessions can be found below. The results of the consultation are summarized in the following staff report:

In addition, two Public Hearings were held, one on December 9, 2013 and one on March 10, 2014. Council granted Third Reading to the draft OCP on September 8, 2014.

The results of the consultation are summarized in the following staff report:

Report dated September 11, 2013 regarding the draft Official Community Plan

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Rob Miles, Manager, Long Range Planning and Sustainability at rmiles@vernon.ca or by telephone at 250-550-3247.


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