How is an OCP different from a Zoning Bylaw?

The Zoning Bylaw is a regulatory tool that is very specific about land use, density, building siting (where it is located on a lot) and other issues such as landscaping and lot coverage regulations. the OCP defines policies for current land use and development, as well as addresses the needs of the future. The OCP is more strategic and often less prescriptive about specific sites. For instance, the OCP will say "this block is designated for medium density residential use" where the Zoning Bylaw will say that a building on that specific lot will be 3 storeys tall and cover no more than 50% of the lot, and will regulated required setbacks from property lines and permitted density. The Zoning Bylaw falls under the umbrella of the OCP and therefore must be consistent with it.
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