Strategic OCP Update

Community Survey - thank you!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the community survey for the Strategic OCP Update (project details below). Three areas were considered in this survey:

  • New housing forms in Neighbourhoods (through residential infill)

  • Land uses along major roads/corridors

  • Building complete, walkable communities

Next Steps

A short summary of the results of all Phase 1 engagement activities will be available later this fall. Other activities included two targeted workshops (community associations and the development community) and discussions with Council Advisory Committees.

Staff will work with this early input and provide draft policies for extensive public review and feedback in early 2023 through a range of participation opportunities. The next round of community input will cover all aspects of the Strategic Official Plan Update.


We are updating the Official Community Plan!

The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the main document that guides growth and change in Saanich. It provides a long-term vision for a livable community based on shared values and sustainability. The OCP works together with other plans and policies.

The Strategic OCP Update will retain the sustainability vision of the current OCP and focus efforts on key elements that reflect recent trends and Council directions. The update focuses on five priorities:

  1. Incorporate recent District work, such as the Climate Plan, Housing Strategy and Active Transportation Plan, into the broader directions of the OCP.
  2. Integrate updated demographic data and statistics.
  3. Update the land use framework to address emerging policy priorities (i.e. corridors, missing middle/infill housing, walkable neighbourhoods).
  4. Refine its sustainability approach and link it with One Planet Living.
  5. Strengthen monitoring and implementation.

This project has three phases and an accelerated timeline which reflects its focused scope of work. 

The Project Terms of Reference [PDF - 530 KB], endorsed by Council on March 21, 2021, provides a detailed account of the project to be undertaken and completed.

Stay Informed!

Opportunities to provide feedback are focused on new and/or changing policy areas at key stages. Sign-up for project updates to follow progress and get involved.

Resources, Council Reports & Project Documents

Learn more about this project and/or review Council Reports, presentation and other key project documents and resources. Read the Project Q&A.