About Community Planning
Typically referred to as “long range planning,” community planning is the formulation of a long term vision, goals, policies and strategies in the municipality. Community planning can also involve research and implementation of policies relating to land use, demographics, economic and social development, housing, parks, environmental protection and other matters related to community health and well-being. Community planning initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with residents, business owners, non-profits, public agencies and other stakeholders in the community.
Community planning is vital to the development planning process. Community planning provides the vision and policies to guide the technical review and permitting of development proposals.
The key document that guides decisions on planning and land use management in the Township is the Township of Esquimalt Official Community Plan, 2018, No. 2922 (OCP).
The CRD released the Capital Regional District Housing Needs Assessment in 2020. While this is the most recent version, please note that the report includes analysis based on data that may no longer reflect the realities of the current housing situation in Esquimalt. Readers are cautioned to critically examine the sources and date of the data in the Report before making decisions related to the present housing situation in Esquimalt.