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Planning & Development

Urban Growth Strategy Review

The District of Summerland has completed the process of reviewing the Urban Growth Strategy. For more information click on the Community Planning tab to the left of this screen.

Click here for a preview of some elements of the public involvement process (405KB PDF).

Keep checking back for updates as the project progresses.

Secondary Suites and Carriage Homes

The District of Summerland encourages secondary dwellings in areas of the community that have full urban services.

In simple terms, a carriage home must contain facilities that are completely detached from the principle dwelling, including at least one bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchen. The kitchen would usually include cooking facilities such as a stove or microwave, but a stove plug of 220 volts or a gas line into the kitchen is also considered a cooking facility, since either of these hook-ups would enable quick and easy installation of a stove.

In simple terms, a secondary suite is an area of a single family dwelling that is separate from the rest of the house.  A secondary suite can include common areas with the rest of the house (such as a laundry room) but must contain facilities that are completely separated from the rest of the house.

Information Brochures

Carriage Home Information (67KB PDF)

Building Permit Application (50KB PDF)

Applications

Secondary Suites Information (45KB PDF)

Building Permit Application (50KB PDF)

Sign Bylaw 

The District of Summerland, along with community input, have completed a review and adoption of a new Sign Bylaw. For more information click on the Community Planning tab to the left of this screen.

2013-026 Sign Bylaw

Zoning Bylaw

The District of Summerland has a new Zoning Bylaw. Find out what new opportunities there are for you!

Click here to open the brochure (454KB PDF).

Sensitive Natural Areas

The District of Summerland is working to keep the natural environment protected. We have mapped and designated sensitive natural areas such as watercourses, grasslands, forests and wetlands, so you may be asked to complete an environmental assessment if your property occurs in one of these areas. Expenses and time associated with development approval can be reduced if you begin the planning process by considering environmental values. Please review the Guide to Development in Sensitive Areas.

Click here to access the Guide to Development in Sensitive Areas (9MB PDF).