Official Community Plan Review

West Vancouver has a tremendous opportunity to plan for its future through a review of its Official Community Plan (OCP) and the development of a robust policy framework to guide planning decisions.

The review process will build upon the key principles and values of the existing 2004 plan, capture a decade of citizen working group input, and engage the community and stakeholders on emerging issues like housing, local area plans and climate change.

The OCP review will provide a number of opportunities for citizen engagement throughout the coming year as various policies are reviewed and local area plans are developed. 

World Café sessions

Thank you to everyone who attended a World Café session (the sessions took place April 8 and 12, 2017).

We look forward to sharing our findings with you. 

Working Group Reports

Following adoption of the 2004 Official Community Plan (OCP), a number of citizen-led Working Groups were formed to respond to emerging issues and develop new plans and strategies. Significant community engagement occurred as part of these working group projects, which represent our community’s own ideas and objectives for the District. A key part of the OCP review will be to reflect as appropriate these various plans and strategies in a revised OCP to ensure this valuable citizen input is captured. Consistent with its purpose as a land use document, the OCP review will consider Working Group reports that address land use issues:

Heritage Strategic Plan

Parks Master Plan

Strategic Transportation Plan

Climate Action Plan

Community Dialogue on Neighbourhood Character & Housing

Environmental Strategy

Upper Lands Study Review

Community Energy & Emissions Working Group

New Studies & Plans

The Official Community Plan review will also include a number of new thematic studies and local area plans. These studies and plans will respond to key issues (e.g. housing, demographics) and provide a greater degree of land use certainty by identifying where and how development and change in the community may occur.

  • Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan : Endorsed by Council for implementation and consultation June 13, 2016.
  • Demographic, Housing & Employment Projections: Received by Council for Information on July 4, 2016.
  • Housing Diversity and Affordability: Presented to Council on July 4, 2016 and will be used to inform Local Area Planning Processes and refreshed housing policies.
  • Neighbourhood Character and Building Bulk: Zoning bylaw amendments for fence heights, on-site landscaping standards and lot consolidation regulations were adopted by Council June 6, 2016 and work will continue on additional regulatory changes through the fall/winter of 2016. Formation of a Tree Bylaw Working Group is currently underway.
  • Marine Drive Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines: The public engagement program was completed during the fall of 2016. Staff will present the results of the public consultation and an updated Marine Drive Context Study to Council and the community on November 28. See the November 28 Council agenda with links to reports
  • Cypress Village: The recommendations of the Upper Lands Working Group will be used as a “framework” in preparing the Cypress Village Area Development Plan. The main private landowner in the Upper Lands, British Pacific Properties (BPP), has begun the “pre-application” phase for this project, which will be followed by a municipally-led planning process including a citizen Working Group. 
  • Upper Taylor Way Corridor: The Taylor Way corridor (from Keith Road to Highway 1) is a prominent gateway into West Vancouver, close to frequent transit and commercial services. Recent land use changes along the corridor have seen new multi-family development and institutional uses (including a memory care centre) and this plan will look at the suitability of other land use changes to guide the future of this corridor. Anticipated: 2018.
  • Ambleside Town Centre: Following the completion of the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan, a comprehensive Town Centre Plan will be prepared, focused on creating a vibrant and complete community for businesses and residents in the heart of West Vancouver. Anticipated: 2016-18.
  • Horseshoe Bay: An updated plan for Horseshoe Bay Village is not anticipated to be prepared during the OCP review timeframe (2015-18); however a revised OCP is expected to provide a basis or framework for preparing a plan post- 2018.
  • Marine Drive Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines: Following a public engagement program in the fall of 2016 and additional Council direction received at the November 29th Council meeting, staff presented the Marine Drive Local Area Plan and Design Guidelines to Council and the community on April 24, 2017. At that meeting, Council set June 5, 2017 at 6 p.m. in Council Chamber as the date, time and place for the public hearing.
How can I get involved?

Stay updated

A significant part of the OCP review will be to capture ten years of public consultation guided by citizen-led working groups. As individual components of the OCP review move forward there will be further opportunities for citizens and stakeholders to get involved with these various projects. This will include the participation in local area plans, the formation of a Cypress Village Working Group, and engagement streams such as workshops, stakeholder meetings, community surveys, open houses and other events to review and discuss updated OCP chapters and policies. In order to stay up to date on the various projects you can:

  • Sign up for project updates
  • Follow the District on social media for announcements of events
  • Review background materials to learn about the work that has already been done

Keep checking this page for more information and updates on the various components of the OCP review project.

What is an Official Community Plan

What’s an Official Community Plan (OCP)?
It’s a document for managing land use. 

Why is the District reviewing it now?
The current OCP was adopted in 2004 and the time is right to review it to ensure the community has a planning tool to address the challenges of today and tomorrow.

Why does it matter?
Because the OCP is the District’s number one planning tool for the next five to ten years, and because it touches citizens’ lives in some way every day: how housing needs can be met, where shops, services and community facilities are located, how we move around, how we can protect the environment and how we respond to climate change.


Stina Hanson
Planning Analyst



Staff Progress Reports

Staff presented a Progress Update and Next Steps report to Council for information on October 3, 2016. Check out the report for more information on the status of the OCP Review and its component parts.

Staff Report - September 15, 2016

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