Official Community Plan Review & Update Project

2008 Official Community Plan - Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 808, 2008 - Click Here

The Town of Princeton is pleased to present the draft 2042 Official Community Plan, a two-year community-driven initiative with collaboration from community members, local businesses and agencies, staff and Council, First Peoples, the Regional District and provincial agencies.   Click below to review the draft:

2042 Draft Official Community Plan - Click Here

The Town is requesting feedback from the community on the draft the ensure “we got it right”.  A survey is available from Oct. 9th until Oct. 30th with a prize draw for a gift certificate to a local business.  Before completing the survey,

a.    Review the draft OCP  or

b.    Listen to a ½ hr video  on the key changes to the OCP

c.    Complete the survey  

*hard copy versions of the three items above are available for pick up at Town Hall.  

* Please submit any hard copy surveys to or drop them off at Town Hall: 151 Vermilion Avenue, Princeton, BC V0X 1W0

Project Overview

The Town of Princeton has undertaken a review and update of its Official Community Plan (OCP), adopted in 2008 and revised through 2021. The OCP is the most important long-range planning document for the Town. It guides future growth and land use and sets goals and policies that support decisions on topics such as development, housing, parks and recreation, the economy, social issues, and the environment. 

Throughout the project, we heard from 300+ community members and stakeholders on topics and issues that are important to you. All input has been considered in drafting the revised plan. 


A comprehensive review of the OCP has not been completed since 2008. Issues and opportunities associated with climate change, affordable housing, advancements in technology, and increased investment in the community are just some of the changes that have occurred in the 13 years since the OCP’s adoption. Investment in the community in recent years has included the following:

  • expansion of the Copper Mountain Mine located just south of Princeton – a major employer of Princeton residents;
  • expansion of the industrial park including the addition of BC Green Pharmaceutical, a cannabis cultivation facility; and
  • numerous larger scale development projects.

More recently, the Town is seeing rapid growth and increased interest due in part to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Pandemic has allowed many people to work remotely which is resulting in the migration of many British Columbians to smaller, more affordable communities. This growth presents some challenges for Princeton as the Town must adapt to shifting demographics, a housing shortage, increased pressure on remaining developable land, and a heightened demand on Town services and infrastructure. 

In recognition of this potential shift in public priorities, the Town of Princeton has decided to initiate a review of the OCP.

Get Involved

There are several ways to get involved.  

  • Keep checking this webpage as we update it with more information throughout the  the project. 
  • Keep an eye out for project articles and ads for events in the Similkameen Spotlight.
  • Call us to chat about your comments, suggestions and/or concerns about the future of Princeton: 250-295-3135
  • Write to us with your comments, suggestions and/or concerns about the future of Princeton: or P.O Box 670, Princeton BC Princeton, B.C.  V0X 1W0

Visit the Community Engagement  webpage for details on formal opportunities for involvement.  This will include:

  • Two Community Workshops (virtual) - COMPLETED
  • Stakeholder Workshop (virtual) - COMPLETED
  • Community Surveys (digital and hard copy) - COMPLETED
  • Design Contest  - COMPLETED
  • Recorded Presentation with Survey, available early October 2023

Check out the OCP Conversation Starter before participating in engagement opportunities to learn more about the project.

Project Timeline

The project has been divided into three phases with various forms of engagement at each phase. We are currently entering Engagement Stage 2, looking for community feedback on the draft 2042 OCP.

The revised timeline below is intended to give you a general overview of the project.

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