Electoral Area "A" OCP Bylaw Review


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The current OCP was originally adopted in 2004 and subsequently repealed and replaced in 2008 as part of a larger review of Regional District land use bylaws (NOTE: this process did not result in any substantive changes to the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.

Community Survey - Round 2

Draft Official Community Plan Bylaw

In order to provide residents with an easy way to review and provide comment on the Draft Official Community Plan Bylaw, a .pdf of the Plan is available for viewing below (please note the version date as this will change over the course of the project):

Draft Electoral Area "A" Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2905 (version 2020-07-17)

Schedule 'B' (Official Community Plan Map)
Schedule 'C' (Parks, Recreation and Trails Map)
Schedule 'D' (Hazard Lands Map - Flooding)
Schedule 'E' (Hazard Lands Map - Steep Slopes)
Schedule 'F' (Hazard Lands Map - Wildfire)
Schedule 'G' (Transportation Network Map)
Schedule 'H' (ESDP & Important Ecosystem Areas Map)
Schedule 'I' (Watercourse Development Permit Area Map)


Feedback on the Draft OCP Bylaw can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • emailed to planning@rdos.bc.ca;
  • faxed to 250-492-0063; or
  • mailed to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A-5J9

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:

Electoral Area "A" OCP Update - Engagement Framework (November 2019)

Survey Results (June 2020)

The Regional District will have a booth at the Osoyoos Market on Main - Farmer's Market on the following dates:

  • Saturday July 25, 2020;
  • Saturday August 15, 2020.

The Regional District is currently exploring the scheduling of an in-person meeting at the Sonora Centre (8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos) for the end of August 2020.  Please check back for more details regarding this meeting in the coming weeks.

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/

Community Newsletters

Community Presentations

Anarchist Community Association - PowerPoint Presentation (2020-07-15)

Advisory Planning Commission Meetings

Monday June 22, 2020:
PowerPoint Presentation

Project Timeline

Due to the on-going provincial health emergency (COVID-19), the time of the OCP Bylaw Review is subject to change.  The information presented below is current as of June of 2020:


Contact Us!

Mark Pendergraft
Area Director, Electoral Area 'A'
Christopher Garrish
Planning Manager