The Official Community Plan (OCP)
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The OCP is a policy tool used by municipal governments for land use planning. A Community Plan is a general statement of goals and policy objectives related to the form and character of current and future land use and servicing requirements in the area covered by the plan.
The Community Plan provides some level of certainty to residents and landowners regarding the location and nature of change in the community.
The OCP also provides guidance to Municipal Councils when they are faced with making decisions related to development, zoning, and the services required to accommodate growth.
The Plan delineates Policy by which Grand Forks Council and the public can evaluate development proposals to ensure manageable population and economic growth. The Plan forms the basis for land use bylaws and capital expenditures, and is to be consistent with the City’s waste management plans, public works programs and other capital expenditures of the City.
The Community Plan provides a great deal of respect for community values and goals. The Plan provides a community vision for Grand Forks that reflects values and priorities that have been articulated by Council and the general public. The Community Plan was prepared following extensive local consultation, including public surveys, public open house meetings, discussions with Council, focus groups and meetings.
OCP Consolidation with maps [1.31mb]
OCP Consolidation – no maps [403k]
OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT PROCESS
Council may consider an application to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP), if the amendment is deemed to be in the public interest.
Official Community Plan amendment applications must be made in writing, on the Zoning and/or Official Community Plan Amendment Application form, describing the proposed change and providing the rationale for the application. The application shall include the legal description and location of the property, name and address of the owner of the property, and if the applicant is not the owner, a statement as to the applicant’s interest in the property. The application must be accompanied by the required fee.
OCP amendment applications are considered by Council in the form of a bylaw amending the Official Community Plan Bylaw. If Council approves the OCP amendment application, the bylaw is given first and second reading. Before third reading a public hearing is held to notify all persons who believe that their interest in the property is affected by the proposed bylaw and provide them with an opportunity for input. After considering input from the public hearing, Council may proceed to third reading and final adoption of the bylaw.
- Document Description
- OCP Land Use Map
- Schedule B
- OCP Development Permit Area Map
- Schedule C
- OCP 200 Year Flood Plain Map
- Schedule D
- OCP Major Street Network Plan
- Schedule E
- OCP Westend Development Plan
- Schedule F
- Rezoning OCP Application