North Thompson Valley Official Community Plan Project


What Is This Project All About?

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) commenced a project to develop a new Official Community Plan (OCP) for that part of the North Thompson Valley extending north from Louis Creek to Blue River.

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An OCP is a policy document that BC local governments use in land use planning and decision making – for example, when considering subdivision or rezoning. OCPs are one of the TNRD’s planning tools; others include zoning bylaws, Regional Growth Strategy, and special planning studies including the TNRD Lakeshore Development Guidelines and Fringe Area Policy. The TNRD presently has 11 OCPs covering the most populated areas.

The purpose of an OCP is to guide future land use and development in a given area. They contain comprehensive and integrated policies providing direction, setting out community priorities, and providing a level of certainty for what will happen in your community. OCPs are not another kind of zoning bylaw and are not regulatory; rather OCPs are visionary – they deal more with the future as opposed to the present - and focus on a specific geographic area.


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The TNRD Board of Directors (Board) adopted the first Official Regional Plan in 1979. From this plan evolved the first long-range planning initiatives for the North Thompson Valley including the Barriere and Clearwater Settlement Plans (OSP), both adopted by the Board in 1982.

The OSPs offered the first area specific objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use. The Blue River and Avola OCPs were subsequently developed and adopted in 1994. The two OSPs were reviewed in the early 1990s, culminating in the adoption of the Barriere and Clearwater OCPs in 1996. In the early 1990s, four OCPs were developed and approved for Blue River, Avola, Barriere and Clearwater. Since their approval, the noted OCPs have never been fully reviewed and rewritten. The District of Clearwater and District of Barriere were incorporated in 2007 and have since developed their own municipal OCPs. Much has changed over the past 25 years, and we now intend to develop a broader OCP covering Electoral Areas “A”, “B” and “O".

Click here to view the North Thompson Valley Official Community Plan Background Report

Existing OCPs from the North Thompson Valley may be viewed at the following links:
Avola Official Community Plan
Barriere Official Community Plan
Blue River Official Community Plan
Clearwater Official Community Plan

Mapping for the whole TNRD, including the North Thompson Valley, is available here: Web mapping

Where are we now? Progress to Date

September 2017 - A Community Survey has been prepared and mailed to all property owners in the proposed North Thompson Valley Official Community Plan area not including residents of the District of Barriere or District of Clearwater. Survey results will help prepare us for community consultation by telling us your concerns and priorities. Resident opinions are important and will help us create a better community plan click here for the fillable online survey.