Imagine 2040 Hope IOCP

Imagine 2040: Hope Integrated Official Community Plan

Project Updates

June 30, 2016

The District of Hope is proud to say that the Integrated Official Community Plan is ready to be presented to Mayor and Council for their consideration.

This combined Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, Official Community Plan update, and Age Friendly Plan sets the future direction for land use and development, mobility, infrastructure, community health and safety, and climate-action in the District.

Since we last met on March 1 ( Public Open House), our team has been busy incorporating input from area residents, District staff, and our municipal partners, like Fraser Health Authority, School District No. 78, First Nations, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, the Fraser Valley Regional District, the Agricultural Land Commission, and other agencies. The IOCP now reflects their inputs.

Over the past year, we have involved diverse members of our community to contribute to the plan. As an Advisory Committee (AC) member, their help raised awareness about this plan, encouraged community participation, and generated ideas for the plan's direction which was invaluable.

We want to thank each and every one of the AC members for their hard work and community involvement thus far.

CLICK HERE to see the draft final plan for yourself.

April 6, 2016

The Age-Friendly component of the District’s Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP) has now been completed. The project was conducted under a 2015 grant through the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) senior’s housing and support initiative. The Age-Friendly Plan will be incorporated into the new IOCP, and is intended to promote policies that will help build an active complete community which includes accessibility, social inclusion, and healthy living for seniors. When applied holistically, the Age-Friendly Plan includes components that promote healthy living policies for children, families and residents with mobility and/or health-related issues. Click here for further details on the final report.

Mar 3, 2016

The Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP) is still in a draft form and is subject to change. This link of the Draft Plan is presented to the public for review and comment and should be considered a working draft copy still evolving ultimately to a final document. Please note that the Development Permit section of the document is still under construction and what is presented will be changed. Once public comments have been received, and agency referrals completed, the final draft of the IOCP will be posted for final review, at which time, the final draft plan will be move to Bylaw process including the Public Hearing for eventual adoption by a motion of Council.

To make comments regarding the current IOCP draft plan, please fill out the Feedback Form and return the completed form to the District by March 31, 2016.

For further information regarding the IOCP, please email Howie Choy, Planner I.

Click here to see the Phase 3 IOCP Display Boards

Mar 1, 2016

There will be an OPEN HOUSE held on Tuesday 1 March 2016 at the District Office, Council Chambers, in Downtown Hope, for the public to review, discuss and comment on the 2040 Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP) Draft Bylaw, that is to be adopted later this year. The IOCP is currently in Phase 3 of the public consultation process, after which time, the public consultation process will officially close (not including public review of draft bylaw and public hearing).   Final amendments will be made to the draft bylaw and forwarded to District Council for eventually bylaw adoption. This is an opportunity for those in the community who have not yet had a chance to participate or contribute to this living community document to do so.

The IOCP will include the following components:

  • Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP)
  • Age-Friendly Plan
  • Land Use Management Plan (including updated Development Permit Area guidelines and Hazard Mapping)

The IOCP will define what the community wants to become. The IOCP will provide responsible land use policies, policies to facilitate economic development and growth, environmental policies to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, and policies for building a sustainable, vibrant mountain town community. The IOCP is intended to express a community’s goals, policies and aspirations for the future.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please join us.

Feb 26, 2016

Phase two Engagement Summary

This report summarizes the community engagement and feedback gathered in Phase 2 of a three-phase process as part of the preparation for the District of Hope’s Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP), and Age Friendly Plan. The purpose of Phase 2 was to develop a set of integrated policy and design directions based on broad directions, priority actions, and preferred alternatives identified by community and stakeholder engagement.

Oct 21, 2015

Ideas Jam closes Oct 31st.  To find out how to host yours contact Howie Choy at 604-869-5671 or 

Oct 1, 2015

The Phase 1 report summarizes the community engagement and feedback gathered to prepare the District of Hope’s Integrated Official Community Plan and Age Friendly Plan:

Sept 14, 2015

Meeting of advisory committee to discuss phase 2 of the IOCP.  Public invitation to join and host an Ideas Jam.  See the documents linked below to find out more:

July 1, 2015

The Hope: Imagine 2040 team set up a booth at Canada Day to ask people:

  • What makes Hope great today?
  • What needs improving in Hope?
  • What kind of community should Hope be in 25 years?

Click here to see a 60 second documentary of what we did!  You can also check out event photos on Facebook.


What is this project and why are we doing it?

The District of Hope is reviewing the 2004 Official Community Plan. Official Community Plans are typically updated every 10-15 years as communities and legislation changes. This OCP Update will check that current policies are still relevant, and will add in updated Riparian Area Regulations, Development Permit Exemptions, and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets. The Update will also take a more holistic, sustainable, and user-friendly approach that considers the community branding process and how to be a more age-friendly community. This holistic approach is what makes the update an Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP).

What is an Integrated Official Community Plan?

What do you like best about Hope today? How can we make the community even better?

The District of Hope is starting an Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP) update. An IOCP is a municipal plan that sets out a future vision for the community and a statement of principles, goals, and policies to guide decisions on land use management, the character of the community, protection of environmentally sensitive areas, and investment in infrastructure and spending. It is an Official Community Plan that also includes a more complete view of where the community is today and where we could go in the future.

How can I get involved?

The IOCP will be prepared in three phases in 2015 and early 2016:

There are many ways to get involved in this project:

  • Fill in the form below and we will send you regular email updates.
  • Attend our events as they are scheduled.
  • Follow updates on this website. We will post updates and will email event invitations.


Click here to sign up for Email Updates


Who can I contact for more information?

Jas Gill, CPT, Director of Community Development

(604) 869-5671  EXT 305




Thanks to the Real Estate Foundation of BC for providing partial funding for the District of Hope's IOCP Project