Official Community Plan

In BC, the Local Government Act allows all municipalities to prepare and adopt an Official Community Plan (OCP). An OCP is a bylaw that sets out the broad objectives and policies that guide decisions on planning, land use and provision of municipal services in the community. It also establishes a degree of certainty about the location and nature of community change to residents and landowners while providing a framework for guiding and managing future development and growth.


Sidney 2040: Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2240


Sidney’s Updated Official Community Plan

The most recent update to the Town of Sidney’s OCP began in March 2020. Following a two-year process of community engagement and plan development, Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2240 was adopted by Council following a Public Hearing on June 27, 2022 and reflects the values and shared vision of the community.

Sidney’s OCP includes the West Side Local Area Plan (WSLAP) as Schedule B. The WSLAP provides detailed policies and recommendations to guide the future of the West Side neighbourhood over the next 30 years.

The Town of Sidney would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who got involved in the OCP update over the course of the two-year project. While initial public engagement from 2020-2021 informed the development of the overall OCP document, community input continued to be a critical factor in refining the first draft of the OCP following its introduction on February 28, 2022.

The draft OCP underwent a number of substantial changes in response to public feedback during its development, documented in this list of Council resolutions.


Past Official Community Plans