About the IOCP Update

What does an IOCP Do?

The IOCP is an essential guide for landowners, businesses, community organizations, and governments that may be considering changes related to land, building, and resource use in Hope over the next 20-30 years.

The Official Community Plan (OCP) defines what the community wants to become. The OCP not only provides a statement of where and what land uses the community want to see in the future, it also speaks to our aspirations for the economy, our strategies for achieving growth in a responsible way, for meeting our social needs, and for building a more interesting and more vibrant community. It’s the single document that the community has to express its wishes and its program for the future.

Active community involvement is essential to create an IOCP that reflects citizens’ concerns, ideas, and values.

How will the IOCP Update shape Hope?

Once Hope Council adopts an updated Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP), all municipal decisions made in that area must conform with the IOCP. This includes decisions about zoning, subdivision, density, services, infrastructure, and capital spending. The IOCP can also include policies that recommend working with other jurisdictions, such as with the province on highways.

The IOCP provides policy direction and a higher degree of certainty for residents, businesses, neighbouring municipalities and First Nations, as well as other levels of government.

What will the IOCP Update include?

The IOCP Update will consider the current IOCP and will be updated based on: long-term thinking; an integration of environmental, cultural, social, and economic sustainability goals; community engagement; and, collaboration with community members and other partners to help make the plan happen.

Specific topics we will explore in this planning process include:

  • Context – What is our history? Where are we today? Where are we going?
  • Economy – How is our economy structured today? What steps can we take to make it more diverse?
  • Infrastructure – What are our transportation, waste, water, energy, and communications systems like today? How do they shape our growth, and what are some more sustainable alternatives?
  • Community Culture – What arts, cultural, and heritage resources make Hope great today? What kind of recreational and learning resources do we have?
  • Land Use & Environment – What kind of land uses are there in Hope? What is important about our natural environment, agricultural areas, and resource extraction areas?
  • Community Health & Safety – How healthy and age-friendly is our community? What is public safety like?
  • Governance – How are land use and sustainability decisions made? Which staff need to be involved in creating and implementing this plan? What partnerships do we need to make this plan a success?
  • Hope: Imagine 2040 – What are the big issues that this IOCP Update needs to tackle? Investment in downtown? Housing? You tell us!

The IOCP Update will include land use policies, as well as an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) and an Age Friendly Plan. All 3 plans – the IOCP, the ICSP, and the Age Friendly plan will be a single, fully-integrated document.

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

Integrated Community Sustainability Plans (ICSPs) are long-term plans that support community sustainability. Generally, they have a broader scope than Integrated Official Community Plans, considering social and/or cultural sustainability as well as economic and environmental sustainability. They are also implementation-focused. So, community and stakeholder engagement during plan development and beyond are important for making sure that the plan actually happens. ICSPs also include targets to track that progress is being made on plan implementation.

An Integrated Official Community Plan (IOCP) is an Official Community Plan combined with an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. The IOCP includes:

  • A longer-term vision (25-30 years).
  • Sustainability goals integrated throughout the document, rather than a separate chapter.
  • A focus on community partnership.
  • A commitment to monitoring and reporting.
  • An implementation framework to support plan alignment and decision-making.

Age Friendly Plan

Age Friendly Plans help municipalities think about how to create communities where people of all ages and abilities feel included and valued. Resulting policies will help local government and businesses to support older people in living active, socially engaged, and independent lives.

Who’s involved?

The District of Hope will gather community input on the IOCP Update in 2015 to inform a Draft Plan, along with technical information and Council direction. The Draft IOCP will be for staff, agency, and Council review in early 2016. The IOCP Advisory Committee (Terms of Reference) is providing advice and acting as a sounding board for the community engagement process and IOCP directions.

How long will this process take?

We’re currently in Phase 1: Vision & Goals. Community input gathered in 2015 will shape the creation of a Draft Plan in late 2015, which will be circulated to neighbouring municipalities, agencies, and other levels of government in early 2016.