The District is undertaking a review of its short-term rentals (i.e. "vacation rentals" or "tourist rentals") policy. Short-term rentals are not currently defined in the District's Zoning Bylaw but are generally defined as private, residential dwellings (or parts of dwellings) that are rented on a temporary basis (generally less than 28 days) for the traveling public. This project will propose a new regulatory framework for short term rentals in recognition that short term rentals are not currently prohibited in the zoning bylaw but are currently operating within the community.
The District of Summerland is in pursuit of "reimagining" a new Downtown neighbourhood area that promotes vibrancy, revitalization and embodies a collective community vision through the development of a Downtown Neighbourhood Action Plan (DNAP). Through technical work and community input, this plan will create a new vision and action plan for enhancing our downtown core over the short and long term. Three key focus areas have been identified for this project, and include: land use intensification and density, infastructure renewal, public areas and gathering spaces.
Over the next year, the District will conduct extensive policy, land use and background reviews to guide the DNAP planning process. There will also be a number of community survey opportunities to help guide the future vision and plan development process for the DNAP. These discussions will help develop a draft plan that is representative of what matters most to all members of the community.
Development Application Procedures Bylaw
The District has had a historical Land Use Procedures Bylaw 98-003 that has been in need of review and modernization as it was adopted in 1998. District Council provided third reading and adoption of the new Development Application Procedures Bylaw at their evening meeting of November 9, 2020 in addition to related amendments required by the Official Community Plan.
Please find a below a link to the new Development Applications Procedure Bylaw here.
Zoning Bylaw - Administrative Amendments
The intent of this review was to complete a high-level administrative review to clean up some of the inconsistencies of the zoning bylaw, create new use definitions, adjust regulations that were commonly requested for a variance, and to clean up the appearance of the bylaw to allow ease of use for both the public and staff.
Please see the updated Zoning Bylaw here.
The District of Summerland is trailing Agri-Tourism Accommodation for a year. If you own a property zoned A1 or A2 that is over 2.0 hectares, you may qualify for this temporary camping/bed-and-breakfast style accommodation.
For more information, please see the dedicated webpage here.