Electoral Area "A" OCP Bylaw Review
The Regional District is seeking feedback from residents as part of the review of the Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw for Electoral Area “A”. This includes an on-line survey asking some basic questions. To participate in the survey, please click on the following link:
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the vision a community has for its future. It contains goals and policies that will shape future land use in a way that reflects the community's vision. These goals and policies form a framework used by the Regional Board, Regional District staff, other agencies and the community to guide their decisions about future land use.
In October of 2019, the Regional District initiated a review and update of the Electoral Area "A" (Osoyoos Rural) OCP Bylaw. The Review will be conducted in accordance with the Local Government Act which specifies purpose, required content, and adoption procedures of an OCP Bylaw.
The current OCP was originally adopted in 2004 and subsequently repealed and replaced in 2008 as part of a larger review of Regional District land use bylaws (NOTE: this process did not result in any substantive changes to the original OCP). it is anticipated that a new Electoral Area "A" OCP Bylaw will be completed by early 2021.
Draft Official Community Plan Bylaw
In order to provide residents with an easy way to follow the progress of the Official Community Plan, a Draft version of the Plan will provided here (in .pdf format), when it becomes available:
Draft Electoral Area "A" Official Community Plan Bylaw
(check back in late summer 2020)
Public Consultation - Engagement Framework
The OCP Bylaw Review will requires a broad engagement and consultation process. Engagement will focus on electoral area residents and stakeholders and will also include Town of Osoyoos and Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB). Given the relatively small and dispersed population of the area, it is envisioned that the existing Advisory Planning Commission (APC) will play an important and ongoing role in the project.
Multiple engagement opportunities through all project phases will occur, including in-person meetings, online engagement, printed information materials (Community Workbooks, newsletters), surveys, and other methods. For more information, please refer to:
To receive email, text and/or phone call notifications related to the Electoral Area "A" OCP Review, consider signing-up for the Regional District's "CivicReady Mass Notification System". More information is available at the following web-page (see "Land Use Changes: Projects"): https://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/civic-ready/