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Community Planning

Community development is guided by Summerland�s Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. These documents describe where different land uses in Summerland will be located.

Our planning staff will be happy to help you determine what land use zone you are in and what uses are permitted in your zone. Applications to change land use zones or amend the Official Community Plan are processed through our office. Good community planning protects our natural environment, promotes efficient land use and tries to follow �smart growth� principles. Together we can make Summerland a better place to live for us and our future generations.

URBAN GROWTH STRATEGY REVIEW

A review of Summerland�s Urban Growth Strategy will commence in 2013. The current growth strategy was adopted in 2008 as part of the Official Community Plan (OCP) and included the District�s first urban growth boundary. The current growth strategy directs growth to the Prairie Valley area and primarily includes the property that was intended to form the Summerland Hills Golf Resort (SHGR).

Much has changed since the adoption of the current growth strategy, such as:

  • adoption of a Regional Growth Strategy;
  • adoption of a Climate Action Plan;
  • adoption of an updated Zoning Bylaw; and
  • abandonment of the SHGR development.


The first priority of Council�s 2013-2014 Goals and Objectives is to �Work Towards Establishing Summerland as a Sustainable Community�. The first objective in working to achieve this goal is a review of the growth strategy to determine if it is still relevant. An urban growth boundary affects infrastructure costs, community character, and the natural environment. �At a time when Municipalities are concerned about fiscal and environmental responsibility, it is important for us to re-visit our urban growth boundary and the associated impacts� says Mayor Janice Perrino.

The District released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to engage the community in a review of the Urban Growth Strategy. A significant objective of this RFP was a comprehensive process to engage 1000 Summerland residents. Sustainability Solutions Group was the successful proponent from a field of eight submissions. At the January 14, 2013 council meeting, the contract was awarded to Sustainability Solutions Group, in the amount of $60,988, to review the Urban Growth Strategy.As a part of Summerland�s Urban Growth Strategy review, residents are encouraged to get involved.

Click here for a preview of some elements of the public involvement process.

For more information Contact Ian McIntosh at 250-404-4048 or imcintosh[at]summerland[dot]ca

SIGN BYLAW REVIEW

Regulation with respect to signage was contained within the District of Summerland Zoning Bylaw until the Zoning Bylaw was updated and the sign regulations were separated into a stand-alone bylaw in 2011. At the time that the stand-alone sign bylaw was created, there was no review for content. Realizing the need for a Sign Bylaw review, Council passed a resolution, at the May 14, 2012 Council meeting, directing staff to review the sign bylaw.

Click on this link to read the Terms of Reference for the Sign Bylaw Review.

Sign Bylaw Review - Open House #1

An Open House was held on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Municipal Hall to present information on signage in Summerland. The Sign Bylaw is out of date, so we are in the process of updating it to be more current and supportive of the needs of the business community.

To review the Open House display boards, click here.

You are invited to fill out a survey to give your feedback on signage in Summerland. If you would like to fill out a survey, please click on the link below. The survey will close on March 15, 2013. (You may need to look at the photos on the display boards while you fill out the survey.)

Click Here to take the Survey Online

BENTLEY ROAD INDUSTRIAL AREA PLANNING STUDY

The recent conditional exclusion of 7.2 hectares of land from the ALR, for industrial purposes, is a significant expansion to the Bentley Road Industrial Park. Existing planning tools do not provide guidelines for the future of the Bentley Road Industrial Park.

UPDATE on Bentley Road

OCP and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for the Bentley Road Industrial Area are going to Council for Authorization to create the bylaw on Monday January 28, 2013 (Meeting starts at 7PM). The Public Hearing will be on February 25, 2013 at 7PM. Memebers of the public are welcome to speak at the Public Hearing.

Click here to view the Agenda and Council Report.

The District of Summerland was asked by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to prepare a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) for the Bentley Road Area. The District contracted Boulevard Transportation Group to prepare a TIA.

Click here to read the TIA for Bentley Road

Bentley Road Open House #2

An Open House was held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Municipal Hall to present draft regulations and guidelines for the future of the area based on what we heard from you at the last open house. The open house was attended by approximately 22 people. Julie McGuire and Ian McIntosh were available to answer questions. There were presentation boards with details of the Bentley Road Industrial Area Planning Study, design guidelines and new zone. A questionnaire was available to fill out.

Storey Boards - Open House October 18, 2012

Draft OCP Amendment for Development Permit Area

Draft Zone M1-A

  • The areas highlighted in yellow are additional uses from the M1 zone. The area highlighted in red is the use deleted from the new M1-A zone compared to the M1 zone. The area highlighted in green is a change from the M1 zone.

Questionnaire

Bentley Road Open House #1

An Open House was held on Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Municipal Hall to provide information and gather input from the public. The open house was attended by approximately 34 people. Julie McGuire and Ian McIntosh were available to answer questions. There were presentation boards with details of the Bentley Road Industrial Area Planning Study. A questionnaire was available for people to fill out.

Storey Boards - Open House August 16, 2012

Background Report: Bentley Road Industrial Area Planning Study

Questionnaire

Response: Imagine Bentley Road in 20 years - DOT placement

Background of the Bentley Road Area

1995 - The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) undertook a project, in conjunction with Official Community Plan (OCP) reviews, to identify lands that should be included or excluded from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR).  Lands in the Bentley Road area were identified to be excluded from the ALR and letters were sent to affected land owners.

2010 (April) - Land owners in the Bentley Road Area initiated an application for ALR exclusion.

2011 (August) - The District of Summerland made an application to the ALC to exclude 10 properties (7.36 hectares), lying west of Bentley Road, from the ALR.

2011 (November) - ALC informed the District of Summerland that the application would be permitted if the following conditions were met within three years:

  • Construction of a 1.8 m high fence along the south boundary of 17418 Bentley Rd.

  • Planting of a 5 m wide irrigated vegetative buffer along the south boundary of 17418 Bentley Rd.

  • Registration of covenant on parcels 2 acres or larger to restrict land uses to industrial only.

  • Designation of the land as �Industrial� in the Official Community Plan.

  • Submission of a storm water drainage plan.

2012 - The District of Summerland began the Bentley Road Industrial Area Planning Study.

The Bentley Road Planning Process

The planning process includes the following goals:

  • Having meaningful public involvement;
  • Reinforcing the area as an economic driver and environmentally sustainable part of Summerland; and
  • Developing a Plan that is flexible enough to accommodate various scenarios in a phased development strategy.

To view the Terms of Reference for the Planning Study, click this link.

Next steps in the project are:

  1. The Drainage Study is complete.

  2. Covenants are prepared and need to be signed by property owners

  3. Recommendations to Council for an OCP Amendment to create DPA guidelines. The new M1-A zone will be taken to Council for comment and ready for the first application.

  4. Submit information to the ALC.

  5. The Project should be complete by the end of this year.


For More Information

Contact Julie McGuire at 250-404-4049 or jmcguire[at]summerland[dot]ca



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