The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has launched a process to update the Official Community Plan (OCP) for the South Cariboo Area.  The existing Plan was adopted in 1996 and many changes have taken place over the past 20 years. This guiding document will be updated to align community values, aspirations and perspectives for growth within the South Cariboo Area. Some of the issues the updated OCP will address include economic development, agriculture policy, shoreland management practices, environmental protection and climate change.

Here is a map of the area the South Cariboo Area OCP covers. To access a printable version, click HERE.


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The Draft Official Community Plan was presented to the CRD Board for first and second reading on Aug. 24, 2018. The draft OCP has been circulated to all Advisory Planning Committee members, legal consultant and provincial agencies. Staff received comments from the agencies and the OCP was revised to address the comments.

The OCP will now be presented at a public hearing before returning to the Board for third reading and adoption. Information on the public hearing will be available in the coming weeks at

The Draft Official Community Plan is available on the right hand side of this page.

South-Cariboo-Area-Ocp-Update Frequently Asked Questions


An OCP is a regulatory document that provides policies on a broad range of topics including the environment, housing, parks and infrastructure. OCPs designate land for specific purposes, like commercial/retail uses, residential areas, and parks and establish policy for land use and development in general. They are one of the most important planning documents for a community.


Originally adopted in 1996, the OCP needs updating to better reflect current community issues and priorities.

In September 2015, The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) launched a project to update the South Cariboo Area Official Community Plan (OCP). 


As the project moves forward, the website will be updated to reflect our progress so you can use it as your home base to be informed, stay connected and get involved!

The South Cariboo Area OCP Advisory Committee is open to all residents and everyone is welcome to participate. If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Committee, would like more information about this Committee or have any other questions/concerns, please contact the CRD’s Development Services department at or call 250-392-3351 (toll free: 1-800-665-1636). Make sure to follow the CRD Facebook page at for other important community updates!


OCP updates are community-driven processes. Throughout the OCP review, the CRD has been engaging with residents, business owners, property owners and other stakeholders. A volunteer Advisory Group of area residents, business owners and Electoral Area Directors has been set up to help review materials and provide input on the Draft OCP.

The first Open House was held in February 2016. It presented the findings from the Background Report and solicited input from community members about the South Cariboo region. In August, the Project Team attended the Garlic Festival in Lac La Hache looking for more input on topics related to protecting and preserving the health of the natural environment.

The final Open House is the last stage in the community engagement process. The Draft OCP was developed based on what was heard from the community – did we get it right?

The community members can review the Draft OCP and provide comments and feedback at the open houses and through an online survey. Please return or submit your survey before March 31, 2017.

Final revisions will be made following the close of the survey and community input. After the formal referral process, public hearings will take place and the OCP will go to the CRD Board for adoption.

Existing OCP (1996)



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