Official Community Plan (OCP)
The Town of Regina Beach Council is currently working on an updated
Official Community Plan.
The Official Community Plan (OCP) sets forth a vision, goals and policies that reflect who we are as a community now, and who and where we want to be in the future. Regina Beach has a unique sense of place with many factors to consider when planning for the future – population both permanent and seasonal residents, geographical features, infrastructure, and working together with our regional neighbours to deliver necessary services. Through the planning process, it is important to capture these features and think about what we envision over the next 25+ years.
The OCP is the community of Regina Beach’s statement of the long-term vision for the future. This plan is being formed to assist the town with growth and development opportunities over the next 25 plus years. As a comprehensive land use policy framework, this plan helps guide day-to-day management activities. Implementation moves forward through actions taken by the Town of Regina Beach, citizens, neighbouring communities, businesses and stakeholders.
The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA) provides a council the authority to adopt an official community plan (OCP). The OCP is the keystone of the planning process and is essential in managing future growth and development of the community.
Under the legislation, the OCP must be prepared in consultation with a professional community planner as licensed under The Community Planning Profession Act, 2013. Additional review by a solicitor is highly recommended.
The purpose of the OCP is to provide a comprehensive policy framework to guide the physical, environmental, economic, social and cultural development of the municipality or any part of the municipality. A community plan is a growth management strategy for a municipality and enables it to set development goals, objectives and policies that council can use to manage land use, subdivision, municipal services and public utilities. An OCP must also incorporate any applicable provincial land use policies and The Statements of Provincial Interest.
An OCP is required to identify policies that address:
- sustainable current and future land use and development in the municipality;
- current and future economic development;
- the general provision of public works;
- the management of lands that are subject to natural hazards including, flooding, slope and instability;
- the management of environmentally sensitive lands;
- the co-ordination of land use, future growth patterns and public works with adjacent municipalities;
- source water protection;
- implementation of the OCP;
- the provision of municipal reserve for school purposes; and
- the management of lands that are in proximity to existing or proposed railway operations.
An OCP may:
- address the co-ordination of municipal programs relating to development;
- contain statements of policy regarding the use of dedicated lands;
- contain concept plans for future planning of development;
- contain a map or series of maps that denote current or future land use or policy areas;
- if a council has been declared an approving authority, contain policies respecting site plan control for specific commercial or industrial development; and
- contain any other statements of policy relating to the physical, environmental, economic, social or cultural development of the municipality that the council considers advisable.
Without an OCP, a municipality:
- has little control over development and cannot effectively manage land use;
- cannot co-ordinate development with services and capital planning;
- cannot manage the separation of incompatible land uses (e.g. residences and industrial or livestock operations); and
- cannot protect development from locating on hazard lands.
Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of an OCP or Zoning Bylaw is guilty of an offense under the The Planning and Development Act, 2007 (PDA). Such a person is liable, on summary conviction, to the penalties provided by the PDA. The municipality has the authority to correct situations of zoning noncompliance by issuing zoning enforcement orders and following the procedures identified in the PDA.
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