Official Community Plan (OCP)


What is an Official Community Plan?

An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a high-level planning document governed by British Columbia’s Local Government Act (LGA). Municipalities use OCP’s to address the “big picture” or future vision of the community, over a 20-year timeframe.  OCP's are used to plan the nature and location of land use, development, and services based on community values. Detailed master planning for specific infrastructure, services and neighbourhood areas within the community refine the general direction provided in an OCP.  The OCP policies guide the Zoning Bylaw land use regulations.

Through a community process, an OCP develops a community vision and defines the goals policies, land use designations and other guidelines to reach that Vision. Once adopted by bylaw, all future works, plans and regulations enacted by the City must be consistent with the OCP. The OCP acts as a constant reference to ensure that proposed actions are aligned with the Vision. It enables both Council and residents to support and encourage desired development and community initiatives and to discourage proposals that are inconsistent with the OCP.

Over the course of time, the OCP goals, policies, land use designations and guidelines need to be revisited in order to validate what has been achieved and amended to incorporate new factors and issues not evident when the original document was conceived. This ensures the continued relevance and value of the OCP to Revelstoke in the future.

Current Community Vision Statement

This engagement process will be used to test the current OCP Vision with our community.

Revelstoke will be a leader in achieving a sustainable community by balancing  environmental, social and economic values within a local, regional and global context. 

Building on its rich heritage and natural beauty this historic mountain community will  pursue quality and excellence. Revelstoke is seen as vibrant, healthy, clean, hospitable, resilient and forward thinking. It will be committed to exercising its rights with respect to decisions affecting the North Columbia Mountain region. 

Community priorities include: Opportunities for youth; economic growth and stability; environmental citizenship; personal safety and security; a responsible and caring social support system; a first-class education system and local access to lifelong learning; spiritual and cultural values, and diverse forms of recreation. 

All residents and visitors shall have access to the opportunities afforded by this  community.

City of Revelstoke OCP Update Process

Council has asked City staff to engage the public to achieve two things:

  • To launch an OCP Vision Check-In with you, the community of Revelstoke.
  • Once the Vision has been confirmed, proceed with a review of OCP policies to align it with the Vision.

The first step is the Vision Check-In and is estimated to be completed by March 2020. 


The next step in the OCP review process will begin after March 2020. Community engagement will be part of both processes so please check back for more information.