Tofino Official Community Plan (OCP)

The District of Tofino’s "Official Community Plan 2019" is officially underway.

Community Feedback Gathering

Over the summer of 2018 staff began working on a number of land use projects that will help inform and guide the Official Community Plan; such as the Multi-Modal Transportation Plan, Cox Bay Area Plan, Industrial Lands Review, Flood Plain Mapping, and Coastal Risk Assessment. A number of events were held in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project, and gave community members the chance to gather information and provide feedback on the plan's community vision and guiding principles, as well as the community's expectations around growth. 

Phase 1:  Visioning & Setting Directions (Summer/Fall 2018):  In Phase 1 of Tofino's Official Community Plan (OCP) Update process, community members were invited to participate in the OCP on the Streets, Beach Pop Up's, Community Hall Opening, and an online survey to share their vision for what they would like to see in the 2019 OCP.  We received over 250 responses from the community about priorities for the Official Community Plan - results from these events are posted below.

Phase 2:  Background Research (Summer/Fall 2018):  In Phase 2 of Tofino's Official Community Plan (OCP) Update Process, community members were invited to participate in Plan-a-Palooza, and an online survey to provide feedback on our Community Vision, Guiding Principles, and Growth Management.  Results from the Phase 2 events are posted below. 

Phase 3:  Options & Trade-offs (Winter 2018/2019)

Phase 4:  Drafting the Plan (Spring 2019)

Phase 5:  Finalizing the Plan (Fall 2019)      

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Process

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Overview

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Phase 1 Consultation Results

Official Community Plan Tofino 2019 - Phase 2 Consultation Results

Please keep your eyes and ears open for future opportunities to be involved in the development of this important bylaw on this webpage and the District's social media accounts. Stay in touch by subscribing to our District email list by sending notice to

Official Community Plan FAQ

Please review the FAQ below for more information about the OCP. Alternatively, you can contact Aaron Rodgers anytime with questions like:


An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a document that lays out community perspectives on the future of a town’s development. It is a legal document, a bylaw, and there are requirements around how the document is written and updated.

In conjunction with other plans and bylaws, the OCP is used as a guiding policy document for development in Tofino.


Municipalities in British Columbia have the authority to adopt an Official Community Plan through the Local Government Act. Legislation identifies the necessary components of these Plans, and establishes adoption procedures.

The current OCP was updated in May 2013 after an extensive public engagement process. The OCP Implementation and Monitoring Committee directed the update process.

Right now (2018), the District of Tofino is beginning another review of the OCP, with particular focus on the areas of Cox Bay and Industrial Way. Over the next 18 months, there will be multiple opportunities for the public to learn more and provide feedback. Stay tuned to District of Tofino communications channels (email list, website, social media).


From time to time, Council will consider amendments to the OCP Bylaw which may result in changes to this document. Users of this document will need to assume responsibility for making the necessary inquiries regarding these changes.

For more information, contact the Community Sustainability Department.

2013 Official Community Plan Bylaw


•Residential development required to meet anticipated housing needs over a period of at least 5 years;

•Present and proposed commercial, industrial, institutional, agricultural, recreational and public utility land uses;

•Sand and gravel deposits that are suitable for future sand and gravel extraction;

•Land that is subject to hazardous conditions or that is environmentally sensitive to development;

•Major road, sewer and water systems;

•Public facilities, including schools, parks and waste treatment and disposal sites;

•Affordable housing, rental housing and special needs housing; and

• Targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

•Policies of the local government relating to social needs, social well-being and social development;

•Policies of the local government relating to the preservation, protection, restoration and enhancement of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity.

Contact Us

Aaron Rodgers, Manager of Community Sustainability
(T) 250-725-3229 ext. 701
(F) 250-725-3775