The Cowichan region is changing. Population growth, an evolving economy and a changing climate require regional coordination and local action. To support this coordinated effort the CVRD is updating its Official Community Plan (OCP), the main tool guiding how we use land and shape our communities. The OCP guides planning for our nine electoral areas.
The CVRD began this process by “harmonizing” our existing electoral area OCPs into one Regional OCP and is now moving towards modernizing that OCP to address regional trends.
The result of this process will be a Regional OCP that will set the foundation for the Cowichan Valley to be an attractive place to live work, and play for years to come.
This Regional OCP does not cover the four Incorporated Areas in our region (City of Duncan, District of North Cowichan, Town of Ladysmith and Town of Lake Cowichan) which each have their own OCPs.
The Formal Referral Period for Advisory Planning Commissions is currently underway to review the current drafts of the Harmonized Official Community Plan (HOCP) 3.0. and Schedule C - Development Permit Areas 2.0. Note: OCP definitions will be included in the Zoning Bylaw modernization.
During this formal referral period the CVRD is asking: Is the HOCP draft generally consistent with the current electoral area OCP?
Following this referral period, the CVRD invites the public to help us shape a Modernized Regional OCP to ensure a resilient and sustainable Cowichan region.