Official Community Plan

Section 875 (1) of the Local Government Act describes an Official Community Plan (OCP) as "a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, within the area covered by the plan, respecting the purposes of local government."

For the Village of Lions Bay, the OCP broadly sets out the range of acceptable land uses and densities from residential to commercial areas. The OCP also includes objectives and policies for a wide range of community interests including:

  • Sustainability
  • Community development
  • Economic development
  • Transportation and mobility
  • Housing
  • Natural environment
  • Energy conservation and climate change
  • Community infrastructure and services; and
  • Parks and recreation

The Village of Lions Bay Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 408, 2008 (Adopted April 6, 2009)

To provide for new development, the Municipality has undertaken an assessment of natural hazards to inform the creation of Natural Hazard Assessment Areas (NHAAs) within the Village OCP. The Natural Hazard Assessment Report (the "Cordilleran Report") can be found here.

In order to meet our common law and statutory duties, draft guidelines, including mapping, for Natural Hazard Assessment Areas have been incorporated into an OCP amendment bylaw. Click here to review the staff report and draft bylaw as at 2nd reading, and click here to review the background materials.

Unlike the previous proposal for Development Permit Areas (DPAs), this new regime will not require an extra level of permit applications for property owners wishing to develop their land. And the requirements for a Natural Hazard Assessment will be triggered by New Development only, as defined in the draft bylaw (essentially for Building Permits, Subdivisions, Rezoning and substantial land alteration requiring a Soil Deposit and Removal Permit).

A public hearing for the draft bylaw will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 7 pm in Broughton Hall, 400 Centre Road, Lions Bay, BC.