Official Community Plan

After an extensive public consultation process, the City of Fernie's Official Community Plan (OCP) was recently updated and adopted by Council June 23, 2014.  Committee volunteers, community organizations and public all played a big part to ensure the plan reflects our communities vision for the future!  The plan provides a policy framework and implementation strategy for Council by addressing issues such as housing, transportation, parks, economic development, the natural and social environment, and infrastructure.

An Official Community Plan addresses issues expected to arise over a twenty-year time period. In order to ensure ongoing relevance, an OCP is typically reviewed/refined every five years to ensure that the OCP continues to meet community needs.

Amending the Official Community Plan (Application Process)

If your project requires an amendment to the Official Community Plan, please complete an application form and return it to City Hall with the application submission package [PDF - 13 KB].The OCP amendment fee schedule can be located on the top of the application form.

OCP amendment applications are often accompanied by a Zoning Bylaw Amendment and may also be accompanied by a Development Variance Permit.

Amendment applications are reviewed by applicable civic departments and may also be referred to external agencies for review. An amendment application, along with the proposed Bylaw, proceeds to Council for application approval, and first and second readings respectively and referral to a public hearing. A ten-day public notice period which includes notice distribution to the owners and tenants of neighboring properties and advertising in two issues of the local newspaper prior to a Public Hearing. After the Public Hearing, Council reads the Bylaw a third time, and will approve or deny the amendment.