Engagement Launches on Official Community Plan

Tuesday, March 5, 2024  |  For Immediate Release

One City, One Plan – Engagement Launches on Official Community Plan

VICTORIA, BC — The City of Victoria has launched public engagement on the 10-Year Official Community Plan (OCP) update to gather public feedback on how the City can meet the needs of Victoria’s growing population. The OCP update – One City, One Plan – proposes a citywide vision to respond quickly and equitably to the housing and climate crises.

“The residents of our city have been very clear that housing is their number one priority,” said Mayor Marianne Alto. “Through bold action, we will intentionally transform the city to meet our housing needs while prioritizing climate solutions and a livable community.”

A focus of the 10-Year OCP update is to support high-quality communities with more housing choices, services, amenities and transportation options to create a lower carbon city where residents have what they need close to home. Victoria is already a leader in housing policy and regulations and this work continues to align local action with federal and provincial programs that seek to address the housing crisis.  

“This is an exciting opportunity to plan for how Victoria can grow and better meet the needs of residents,” said Karen Hoese, Director of Sustainable Planning and Community Development. “We look forward to hearing directly from residents about their vision for Victoria’s future and what matters to them most as we grow and change over the coming decades.” 

The Official Community Plan is the long-term plan that shapes where housing, businesses and public spaces should go and how we move around the city. The proposed update was developed in part from years of technical analysis and public feedback gathered through engagement on key City plans like GoVictoria, the Climate Leadership Plan, the Parks and Open Spaces Master Plan and Victoria 3.0.

OCP engagement will roll out over the next seven months in themed phases centred on housing, climate and community. The public can have their say on proposed changes by taking the OCP survey, attending an open house, visiting a pop-up event or attending an online information session. Engagement will continue until September 2024. 

Learn more and take the survey at engage.victoria.ca/ocp.

Media Contact:     
Colleen Mycroft

Manager of Intergovernmental and Media Relations

250.896.5325 | cmycroft@victoria.ca



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