View Royal Official Community Plan Update

Project Overview
Project Process & Timeline
Community Consultation
Documents, Reports & Presentations
Frequently Asked Questions


Project Overview

Starting in August 2021, the Town of View Royal is updating our Official Community Plan (OCP). Last updated in 2011, the OCP provides a long-term vision for the community and high-level guidance for future planning and development. 

The OCP update process is an opportunity to identify what residents value most, what their visions are for future growth, and how to prepare for and direct change. In the end, the OCP will provide guidance for future planning and investment through policies that are structured to steward and protect what is cherished.

This project will take a participatory approach that will engage citizens, stakeholders, adjacent municipalities, provincial agencies, Esquimalt Nation, and Songhees Nation.

The project is led by the Town of View Royal with support from EcoPlan International, a community planning consultant.

Project Process & Timeline

This project is taking place between August 2021 and June 2022.


The current OCP has served the Town of View Royal well, so this work will be an update and not a major re-write. Still, there are some important issues and topics that require attention, feedback from the community, and focus in the updated OCP.  Some of the key areas that Council and staff identified for additional review include:

  1. Housing Matters: View Royal housing needs, diversity, and options
  2. Placemaking: Neighbourhoods centres and urban design
  3. Preparing for Change: Climate change and resilience
  4. Moving Around: Transportation and the ways we get around
  5. A Healthy Local Economy: A more resilient and diverse local economy
  6. Our Natural Connections: Parks, protected areas, and shorelines

The OCP update process is an opportunity to explore these topics (and others) in more detail and to get community feedback on how we can best prepare for and direct change.

Community Consultation

Neighbourhood Walkshops (September 2021)

The OCP public engagement began with Neighbourhood Walkshops that occurred between September 19 to September 29, 2021. Town of View Royal Planning staff led outdoor walks in five neighbourhoods to discuss future directions, hear what is currently cherished, and where future improvements should be considered. 
Neighbourhood Walkshops & Route Information

Online Workshops (November 2021)

In November 2021, View Royal will be hosting workshops to hear what is currently cherished and where future land use priorities should be considered. All workshops will be held by Zoom meeting. To participate in an online workshop, please register below for a date/time that best suits your schedule. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting. 
Note: content at each workshop will be identical.

  • Online Workshop #1 – Monday November 8, 2021 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

  • Online Workshop #2 – Wednesday November 10, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • Online Workshop #3 – Wednesday November 10, 2021 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm


Online Surveys (October/November 2021 & January 2022)

The OCP will also have two online surveys to gather in-depth input from community members. 

  • Online Survey #1 (available October 25 - November 12, 2021)
    This survey asks for your input on draft vision, goals and growth directions to help shape this plan. The survey is intended to guide:
    • vision statement which sets out the community’s aspirations for what type of place View Royal should be in 20 years and beyond;
    • goals for shaping future directions on housing, neighbourhood centres, transportation, economy /employment, and future land uses.

  • Online Survey #2 (available January 2022)
    The next phase of consultation will focus on “how we grow”. Online Survey #2, scheduled for January 2022, will ask residents for their perspectives on:
    • what building typologies and designs would be considered a good fit for View Royal’s future;
    • what transitions and designs would support good fit with existing single family residential neighbourhoods; and
    • what conditions would support quality of life such as outdoor gathering spaces, living spaces, landscaping/ streetscapes, transportation (cars, parking, cycling, transit), infrastructure.


Documents, Reports & Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions


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