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.