Official Community Plan

Get Ready, It’s Time To Start Planning!

The City of Merritt is currently updating the Official Community Plan (OCP). Reviewing and updating an OCP takes time – here’s what you can expect:

| Phase 1 |

Project Kick-off Engagement Plan Development

May – July 2020

| Phase 2 |

Background Analysis

July – August 2020

| Phase 3 |

Public Engagement Events

September – November 2020

| Phase 4 |

Draft OCP Development

December 2020 – February 2021

Report Back “What We Heard”
Engagement Events

February 2021 – March 2021

| Phase 5 |

OCP Finalization

March 2021 – April 2021

OCP Final Adoption
Public Hearing

May 2021 – June 2021

Get Involved!

We want to hear from you! Extensive consultation with community members is needed to collectively develop an overall vision and path forward for the city. Numerous online engagement opportunities will enable you to provide input into the process.

Official Community Plan Survey

The first OCP survey is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated.  A summary of the survey results will be posted soon.  Please check back in the new year for additional opportunities to participate.

Neighbourhood Specific Workshops

Come join us to provide input on a range of OCP topics, including housing, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, parks and recreation, arts and culture, climate change, poverty reduction and food security. The feedback you provide will help us develop OCP policies which will guide the City for the next 20 years.

Due to COVID-19, space is limited and registration is mandatory. Please call 250-378-8615 or email to register. The workshops will also be broadcast live online (see login instructions below).

Wednesday, November 18

  • 6:00 pm – Bench and North Bench (Neighbourhoods 7 & 8)
  • 8:00 pm – Collettville and South Merritt (Neighbourhoods 5 & 4)

Thursday, November 19

  • 4:00 pm – North Entry and North Nicola (Neighbourhoods 9 & 2)
  • 6:00 pm – Diamond Vale and West Merritt (Neighbourhoods 3 & 6)
  • 8:00 pm – City Centre and Airport (Neighbourhoods 1 & 10)


Want to join the workshops online using Zoom? Here’s how to join:

  1. If you have the Zoom app installed on your device, open the app and enter the following information:

Meeting ID: 294 220 8156

Passcode: 202011

2. If you do not have the Zoom app, click the link below or copy it into your web browser., and then click “download and run Zoom”.

3. If you just want to join from the browser without downloading the Zoom app, please continue the steps after you click “download and run Zoom”.

  • click “join from your browser”.

  • Then enter your name, check the “I’m not a robot” box, and click “Join”

Past Events

Business and Economic Development Webinar

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Land Use and Housing Webinar

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Infrastructure and Climate Change Workshop

This event was held on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020.

Poverty Reduction and Food Security Workshop

This event was held on Friday, October 9th.

City Pop-Up Booth at the Farmer’s Market on Quilchena Ave.

This event was held on October 10th.


Don McArthur
Planning & Development Services Manager

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers (FAQ):

Why are we updating the Official Community Plan (OCP)?

Previously updated in 2011, Merritt’s OCP has been in effect for 9 years. Merritt has experienced some significant economic and social shifts over the past 9 years, requiring a review and update of the City’s existing documentation. Updating the OCP is an exciting process where goals, priorities, hopes, and dreams are each explored, woven into policy, and concretely realized over time. In undertaking a review and update of the Merritt Official Community Plan, the consultant team along with the City of Merritt and its stakeholders will work collectively to develop a plan that speaks to the unique qualities of the City and needs of its residents. The update will ensure regulatory conformity with the Local Government Act and will ensure that alignment is achieved with all plans that fall under its umbrella.

What is the purpose of an Official Community Plan?

An OCP is the guiding document for the City. It includes a vision for the community and high-level policies which provide guidance on how residents would like the community to grow and develop over the next 20 years. An OCP update can be thought of as an opportunity to take stock and establish a balanced vision for the City, with the plan acting as the supportive conduit for the goals and objectives of City administration, Council, business owners, stakeholders, and members of the community. Using the collective energy of everyone involved in the reimagination of the OCP, we will jointly create a guiding document that is easily implemented and grounded in the support received from key user groups.

What is included in an Official Community Plan?

As the guiding document for the City of Merritt, the OCP will outline policies for numerous topics, including: Land Use and Housing; Economic Development; Transportation and Active Transportation; Infrastructure; Emergency Services; Parks and Recreation; Arts and Culture; Climate Change; Food Security; and Poverty Reduction.