Development Application Procedures Bylaw
According to the Local Government Act Section 460 (1), a local government is required to define procedures, through bylaw, under which an owner of land may apply for an amendment to an Official Community Plan or Zoning Bylaw, or the issuance of a development, development variance or temporary use permit.
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. Staff have been working with the Development Process Improvements Advisory Committee from June to October, 2020 on a new draft Development Application Procedures Bylaw. A public hearing was held in relation to this new bylaw on November 9, 2020, and following the closure of the hearing, 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 to the Official Community Plan.
Please find below a link to the new Development Applications Procedure Bylaw:
Development Application Procedures Bylaw No. 2020-026
Zoning Bylaw Amendments - Administrative Changes
The Zoning Bylaw has not had a thorough review since its adoption in 2000, and a number of inconsistencies and interpretation issues have arisen through time through the continual amendment of the bylaw through applications and project initiatives. In addition, the District has been seeing an influx of Development Variance Permits in recent years in comparison to previous years and given the size of the municipality. The increase in variance requests signals a need to review the regulations that are triggering a variance to determine its intent and validity and determine if changes are required.
The intent of this review was to complete a high-level administrative review to clean up some of the inconsistencies, create new use definitions, adjust regulations that were commonly requested for a variance, and to clean up the appearance of the bylaw. Staff worked with the Development Process Improvement Committee to create an Zoning Bylaw amendment that included a number of administrative changes throughout the bylaw. This amendment bylaw was presented at a public hearing on November 9, 2020, and Council provided third reading to the Amendment Bylaw at their evening meeting of November 9, 2020.
Please see the links below for further information:
Zoning Bylaw - Administrative Changes: Staff Rationale
Historical Development Variance Permit Analysis
DRAFT Zoning Amendment Bylaw - Administrative Changes
OCP Review (2015)
Urban growth strategy required an Official Community Plan amendment.