The Local Government Act defines an Official Community Plan (OCP) as a general statement of the broad objectives and policies of the local government respecting the form and character of existing and proposed land use and servicing requirements in the area covered by the plan.

Thornhill's Official Community Plan (OCP), when adopted, will be the over-arching policy document that serves as a guide for elected officials and administration when making a wide range of decisions. The OCP represents the community's shared 5 to 20-year vision.

OCPs are intended to guide future development within a community and outline how and where future growth will be directed. OCPs provide a degree of certainty about the location and nature of expected development. As the highest-level policy document in any community, OCPs serve as a guide for elected officials and administration when making a wide range of decisions on matters such as zoning, land development and servicing, allocation of resources for infrastructure investments, and ensuring key elements that contribute to community quality of life are protected.

The goals of an OCP are implemented primarily through a zoning bylaw.

Next steps:

The draft OCP has gone to the Thornhill Advisory Planning Commission, various Agencies, First Nations and was available for public comment in June 2017 at our two-day open house event before finalization, legal review and submission to the Regional District Board. On completion with its legal review, the draft OCP went for its First & Second Reading at the February 2018 Board Meeting. Following that, a Public Hearing was held on March 28, 2018. The Public Hearing was recessed and will reconvene in the near future. Once the public hearing (and additional hearings, if needed) are complete, further public comment cannot be received on the OCP.