Official Community Plan

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The Official Community Plan (OCP) is the District’s vision for the future growth and development in the community. The vision outlined reflects the ideas and input of the people who live and work in Clearwater and the Advisory Committee who participated in the preparation of the Plan. The vision is communicated in words, photos and maps throughout the Plan. However, it will be realized by the changes that will come as a result of a great vision, good policy and management as new development occurs, new residents move to the community and new businesses’ are established. The OCP provides the District with a guide for development by establishing policies and designating land for specific uses. It also provides clear direction as to future of the over the next five, ten and twenty years.

The evolution and implementation of the District’s OCP is based upon sustainability principles and goals as identified early in the comprehensive public consultation process and through the community feedback at public events and via relevant District strategic planning documents. The OCP focuses on land use but it also considers factors important to our quality of life. The Plan integrates land use, economy, environment, transportation, community facilities and services into a broad strategy to direct growth and development. Environmentally sustainability encompasses addressing climate change and effectively managing natural resources to ensure they are available for future generations.

“Sustainable development is most often defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

The District’s consultants followed the appropriate steps outlined in the Local Government Act, and the Community Charter, the District provided for a variety of avenues and venues for persons, organizations, authorities and public to have the opportunity for consultation. Among those were groups, organizations and or agencies such as:

  • Agriculture Land Commission
  • BC Assessment Authority
  • Ministry of Environment
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
  • School District No. 73 (Kamloops Thompson)
  • Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD)
  • Clearwater Fire Department
  • Clearwater District Woodlot
  • Wells Gray Community Forests
  • Thompson Sustainable Watershed Committee
  • Success by 6 / Yellowhead Community Services
  • ATV – Clearwater Sno-Drifters
  • Wells Gray Bike Club Society
  • Tourism Wells Gray
  • Clearwater Volcano and Trails Society
  • Clearwater Ski Club
  • Community Resource Centre for the North Thompson

This is not a comprehensive listing, but rather a brief overview of the groups, organizations and agencies that were consulted through the public process. There was also two Public information meetings held throughout the process for questions and concerns to be addressed.

The District would like to thank all the groups and organizations for their input as well as the steering committee who volunteered their time and effort.

Community Plan Documents

TypeFile NameDate ModifiedSize

Official Community Plan Consolidated 8:48 am 08/17/201632.8M


If you have any questions or you want to speak to someone directly, please contact one of the following people:

– Alex Krause, Thompson Nicola Regional District Planner,, 1.877.377.8673
– Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer,, 250.674.2257