An official community plan or OCP is a long-term strategy for land use, development and servicing. The goals of an OCP are implemented primarily through a zoning bylaw.
OCP's are updated when there is a need to reconsider policies related to development or changes in provincial legislation. In January 1997, the RDN Board adopted a Regional Growth Management Plan, which was subsequently updated in 2003 and 2011 as the Regional Growth Strategy. The Regional Growth Strategy provides a regional framework to guide land use planning and servicing and protect quality of life in the region. OCPs in the RDN's Electoral Areas must be consistent with the RGS. Municipalities must include "regional context statements" in their OCPs to show how they are consistent with the goals of the Regional Growth Strategy.