Frequently Asked Questions

The City wants you to get involved in shaping the future of Kamloops. The following responses to frequently asked questions describe the role and function of an OCP as well as how to participate in the process. Learn more by clicking below, and let us know if you have other questions by emailing

What role does community planning play in shaping cities and communities?

Community planning works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthy, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations.

It enables civic leaders, businesses, and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives.

Well-planned communities offer better choices for where and how people live and help communities to envision their future, finding the right balance of new development, essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.

Community feedback received during each Phase has informed key parts of the draft OCP, including the community's vision and values, growth plan, land use policies, and strategy for implementation. See our Phase 3 Community Engagement Report for a summary of the latest engagement efforts and feedback received from the community.

How does an OCP help us reach community goals?

The OCP is the overarching document for the City that provides objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management within the areas covered by the plan. After its adoption, all bylaws and works undertaken by Council must be consistent with the OCP.

Pubic, stakeholder and First Nations engagement occurs throughout the development of an OCP to identify key issues and priorities. This input helps to formulate the goals and policies within the Plan, which reflects the aspirations and values of the community. The OCP is a “living document” and does not preclude change to the Plan based on evolving circumstances, community needs, or interpretation of policies by Council and staff.

What if there was no OCP?

Without an OCP the City has little control over development and land use, cannot coordinate development with services and capital planning, cannot manage the separation of incompatible land uses and cannot protect development from locating on hazard lands. Essentially, the growth of the City would be poorly planned and managed.

Who Uses an OCP?

Residents, developers, businesses, and community groups use the OCP to learn about where and how future growth may occur. Council is guided by the OCP when making decisions about zoning, development and servicing.

Why does KAMPLAN (Kamloops’ Official Community Plan) have so much focus on land use and development policy?

The provincial Local Government Act outlines the purpose, required content and optional content of an OCP. The purpose of an OCP, under the Act, is a "statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management."

The City of Kamloops has a number of plans or guidelines in place that provide detailed guidance on specific issues such as agriculture, parks and recreation, and transportation. Inclusion of these details in an OCP would create a complex document that is hard to read and difficult to administer or enforce. Therefore, the intent of an OCP is a high-level document that guides planning and development and provides direction for all secondary or themed plans for the City.

Who uses an Official Community Plan?

Residents, developers, businesses, and community groups use the OCP to learn about where and how future growth may occur in the City of Kamloops. The OCP help guides Council when making decisions about how neighbourhoods are zoned, how development occurs and how city services are provided.

Why is public input needed?

The Local Government Act requires municipalities to consult with the public, stakeholders, government agencies and First Nations when an OCP is developed or revised.

Municipalities must provide one or more opportunities for consultation with the community, organizations, and authorities that will be affected. This required consultation effort is in addition to the requirements for a formal public hearing, and many municipalities go beyond the minimum level of engagement when completing an OCP review because of its importance to citizens and stakeholders.

City staff engaged the public, stakeholders, and First Nations at key stages throughout the OCP update process using a variety of techniques that allowed meaningful participant feedback. This input influenced the OCP's goals and policies and helped ensure that the OCP reflected the overall ideas and aspirations of the community. The aim of the KAMPLAN Review and Update process was to engage residents of all ages and walks of life to participate as part of an ongoing community dialogue that will carry on through the implementation of the OCP.

Why is KAMPLAN being updated now?

The current City of Kamloops OCP was adopted in 1974. The last major update was completed in 2004 and has been revised periodically on an individual policy basis since then.

The KAMPLAN Review and Update process provides the City with an opportunity to update policies that address current challenges such as climate change, community growth and land use, housing affordability, and others. It is also an opportunity to identify if existing policies or new policies are required to achieve the vision for the future growth of a sustainable Kamloops.

How is Tk’emlúps to Secwépemc (TteS) involved?

During Phase 1, the City of Kamloops met with TteS on October 22, 2014 to introduce the KAMPLAN Review and Update process and identify key issues and concerns. On March 30, 2015, a Community-to-Community Forum was held between the City and TteS, where City staff provided an update of the OCP process and shared the results of Let's Ta!k Phase 1.

At a Community-to-Community Forum on October 31, 2016, City staff provided TteS with an update on the process, shared a brief summary of results from Phase 2, and sought feedback on how TteS would prefer to be engaged moving forward. The City continued to engage TteS during Phase 3 with a Community-to-Community Forum held on March 13, 2017 where feedback was obtained on the proposed growth strategy and initial OCP goals and policy directions. On June 23, 2017, an open house was held for TteS members to provide input on the completed first draft of the OCP.

The City continued to engage and obtain feedback on the second draft of the OCP during a Community-to-Community Forum on November 20, 2017. The City will continue to work in partnership with TteS to implement relevant action items following adoption of the OCP at Council in 2018. 

How will we ensure that the updated KAMPLAN policies relate to sustainability?

Since the last OCP review and update, the Sustainable Kamloops Plan: Foundations for Sustainability, was adopted in 2010. This OCP update provides an opportunity to ensure that City of Kamloops policies relating to land use, development, transportation and other topic areas within the OCP are aligned with our sustainability goals.

How do other municipal and regional plans relate to KAMPLAN?

As an Official Community Plan, KAMPLAN is influenced by (and must be in alignment with) the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Regional Growth Strategy.

This strategy sets overall vision for the livability of the region and prioritizes goals across the region to meet common social, economic, and environmental objectives. Within the jurisdiction of the City of Kamloops, KAMPLAN provides the highest level of direction for managing land use and development. All bylaws and works undertaken by Council must be consistent with the OCP and municipal policies and plans should align with the overall goals, objectives, and policies in the Plan.

What is the difference between the Zoning Bylaw and an Official Community Plan?

The Zoning Bylaw is a regulatory tool that is very specific about land use, density, building siting (where it is located on a lot) and other issues such as landscaping and lot coverage.

The OCP is high-level, more strategic and often less prescriptive about specific sites, and defines policies for future land use and development. The OCP will designate what land uses (i.e., residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) should go where within the City’s jurisdiction. In comparison, the Zoning Bylaw will say that a building on that specific lot will be three storeys tall and cover no more than 50% of the lot, and will regulate required setbacks from property lines and permitted density.

How will KAMPLAN be developed?

Developing the updated KAMPLAN requires community participation. The City is committed to an open and inclusive process that actively engages the community in meaningful discussions throughout the process. Let's Ta!k Kamloops is the name and branding the City uses when consulting with the community and conducting public engagement. The OCP Process timeline provides more information on the steps we'll be taking to develop the plan.

How can I get involved?

To ask questions or to receive email updates on the Official Community Plan, please email