Lake Windermere OCP

Welcome to the source for information about the Lake Windermere Official Community Plan (OCP) Process.  This is a review and update of the current Lake Windermere OCP, which was adopted in 2008 and has been amended 19 times. Over the next year, we will engage the community on land use and development related issues in order to create policies that will guide development and conservation into the future.  An updated policy framework will also promote greater certainty in land use decision making by the Regional District Board.

What's New

Newsletter No. 1
Lake Windermere OCP Survey – Please complete and submit by August 4th (more info below).
• Introductory community workshop July 4th 2017 at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce, Windermere BC, 7 pm to 9 pm (more info below).

Introductory Community Workshop

Community engagement and participation is the foundation of a successful planning project. You are invited to attend an introductory community workshop to kick off the Lake Windermere land use planning process. If you are not able to attend the introductory community workshop, don’t worry as there will be more opportunities to learn about and contribute to the process over the next year, including a community planning workshop tentatively scheduled for late December.

Topics to be covered at the introductory community meeting include an introduction to OCPs, an overview of the expected planning process, and a discussion of the intended outcomes. Meeting attendants will have an opportunity to share their knowledge of the plan area and identify concerns and values related to a variety of land use topics.

Anyone interested is invited to attend the introductory community workshop:

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce

651 Highway 93/95
Windermere, BC
For further information, please contact Kris Belanger, Planner, at 250-489-6903, toll free at 1-888-478-7335 or

We Need Your Input!

Your input is very important and will help shape the future vision of your community.  Please take the time to complete the Lake Windermere OCP survey by August 4th, 2017 using the address below. If you would prefer a hard copy of the survey, please contact Kris Belanger at 250-489-6903 or or pick one up at the Invermere or Cranbrook RDEK Offices.

OCP Process Timeline

The expected timeline for the Lake Windermere OCP process are outlined below:

Board Authorization March 2017
Newsletter #1 & Survey June 2017
Introductory Workshop July 4, 2017
Newsletter #2 November 2017
Community Planning Workshops December 2017
OCP Drafting Winter 2018
Newsletter #3 Spring/Summer 2018
Open House Draft Presentation Summer 2018
Draft Revisions Summer/Fall 2018
Formal Bylaw Adoption Process Winter 2019

What is an Official Community Plan?

An OCP is a long term, strategic planning document.  OCPs provide direction and guide local government decision making related to how land is used or preserved.  An OCP does not solely focus on one topic like a lake management or agricultural plan would, rather it contains objectives and policy statements related to a wide range of topics including residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial land use; recreation; environmental values; solid waste; public safety; and transportation. These policies reflect a balanced vision of community, public and private interests and serve to guide RDEK decisions on development applications and provide context for interagency discussions related to land use. OCPs contain maps showing individual parcels and their intended long term land use.

Implications of an Official Community Plan

Benefits of an OCP

• Provides a blueprint for future growth and development.
• Identifies and promotes a local vision for development and preservation within the community.
• Provides direction for the RDEK Board to consider future development applications or issues in the community.
• Enables a proactive rather than reactionary approach to planning.
• Assists in identifying issues of importance or concern.
• Assists in preventing incompatible land uses.

Restrictions associated with an OCP

• Changes to the zoning of property covered by an OCP must be consistent with the OCP, or may require an OCP amendment application.

Other characteristics of an OCP

• Should not impact property taxes.
• Will not change Agricultural Land Commission regulations for land in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
• Will not change the ownership of Crown land.
• Will not affect land uses existing at the time the Bylaw is adopted.
• Will not affect existing permit requirements or other government regulations.


Public consultation is the backbone of this OCP process. Residents of the plan area are encouraged to engage in the planning process by taking advantage of the range of participatory actives available.

• A survey is available at:
• Introductory community workshop July 4th 2017 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.
• Community planning workshops which will be held in late December 2017. 
• An open house will be held during the summer of 2018 to present the draft plan and gather feedback.
• Public hearing regarding the finalized plan will be part of formal bylaw adoption at the conclusion of the process.


Kris Belanger

Wendy Booth
Director Electoral Area F

19-24 Avenue South
Cranbrook BC V1C 3H8
Fax: 250-489-1287

Last edited: Tue, June 13, 2017 - 2:11:52