Around Town, Aug. 20, 2014

August 20, 2014

Cumberland Adopts Official Community Plan

At their meeting of Monday August 11, Council of the Village of Cumberland adopted Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 990, 2014. Adoption of this bylaw concludes a process that started in late 2012 to reorganize and revise the 2004 Village OCP while staying true to the community’s vision that was originally outlined.

Here are highlights from the 2014 Official Community Plan:

• Updated and revised vision statement;

• Stronger governance language;

• Regional Context Statement: outlines alignment of the OCP with the Regional Growth Strategy;

• New Development Permits including wildfire urban interface areas, groundwater protection and farmland protection;

• Updated development permit guidelines including energy conservation and green house gas sections;

• Updated maps to reflect the future land uses including residential infill, intensive residential and interchange lands;

• Focus on directing growth to core area already serviced with infrastructure;

• Stronger environmental protection development permit requiring consideration of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as connectivity between the ecosystems;

• New Heritage Conservation Area in the downtown core, requiring a permitting process to protect and enhance heritage characteristics of the downtown.

To view the document, go to