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Projects

The Development Services Department is currently involved in several planning projects that support the Official Community Plan, Council Strategic Priorities and Capital Projects being pursued by the District.

Beginning with a housing needs assessment in 2021 to identify our core areas of need, the Housing Committee established in early 2022 has been hard at work drafting an updated housing strategy!

Background Documents:

2009 Affordable Housing Strategy

2022 Housing Needs Assessment

Engagement:

Engagement with the public occurred over the month of August 2022 and included a survey as well as pop-up booths around the community.

Date Location Time
August 9, 2022 Post Office 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
August 17, 2022 Haven 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
August 26, 2022 Farmers Market (Legion) 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
August 31, 2022 District Office 10:30AM - 12:30PM

 

For more information, contact:

Sarah Martin, Planner | PH:(250) 836 5261 | EMAIL: smartin@sicamous.ca

Over the summers of 2021 and 2022, the District has held various engagement opportunities to consult on new regulations for short term rentals within the District. As a destination community, Sicamous attracts vacationers in both the winter and summer months. Online services such as Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) or Airbnb have become popular in residential neighbourhoods as an alternative to a hotel. There can be a negative impact on local hotel businesses, the availability of housing, and the residential character of neighborhoods. 

Learn More!

Contact: Sarah Martin, Planner, District of Sicamous PH: (250)836-5261 E: smartin@sicamous.ca

In 2020, Holland Planning Innovations prepared a draft zoning bylaw to replace the District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 101, 1993. The first draft passed First Reading at the August 11, 2021 Regular Council Meeting. After further consultation and revision, the second draft passed Second Reading at the May 11, 2022 Regular Council Meeting. Consultation continued, and the revised bylaw was presented for Public Hearing, second reading as amended, and third reading September 28, 2022. The bylaw will be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation for Approval before adoption at a later date.

 

Current Zoning Bylaw

Zoning Bylaw 101, 1993 (Consolidated)

Zoning Bylaw No. 101, 1993

Zoning Map

Proposed Zoning Bylaw (Third Reading)

District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw 1000, 2022
Bylaw 1000, 2022 Schedule A-D (Full Bylaw) Contents
Definitions Administration  General Regulations
Zones Maps Floodplain & Parking

Staff Reports:

Regular Council Meeting Sept 28, 2022

Staff Report - District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2022

District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000

Referral Responses - External

Schedule A

Sched B.1 MAP - Zoning

Sched B.2 MAP - ALR Context

Regular Council Meeting May 11, 2022

Staff Report - District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2022 - Pdf

District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2022 - Second Reading

Sched A-D (BL1000)Second Reading

Sched B MAP_Zoning_2022506

Sched B MAP_ALR Context

Referral Responses - External

Regular Council Meeting August 11, 2021

Staff Report - District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2021

District of Sicamous Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2021

Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2021 1st Reading Schedules A.C.D

Zoning Bylaw No. 1000, 2021 1st Reading Schedule B Zoning Map

Contact: Sarah Martin, Planner, District of Sicamous PH: (250)836-5261 E: smartin@sicamous.ca

Over 2022, the District has been working on a Parks & Trails Master Plan AND an Active Transportation Network Plan (getting around town in ways other than a vehicle). You may have seen Steffi around town spreading the word and having conversations about our parks, riding our bikes, and rolling around our trails and sidewalks. For more information about these two projects, see the project page via the link below!

Learn More!

Contact: Steffi Sunny, Planning Assistant, District of Sicamous PH: (250)836-2477 Ext. 2042 E: ssunny@sicamous.ca

Over the summer of 2021, the District completed a public survey, open houses and workshops to inform a revitalization plan for Main Street, in particular, to inform the road cross section for Main Street. This includes road and sidewalk width, parking type, street furnishings, intersection treatments, and boulevards. This project ties in with the Shuswap Healing Centre and housing projects on Main Street.

"The street is a place to be seen. Sociability is a large part of why cities exist, and the streets are a major if not the only public place for that sociability to develop. At the same time, the street is a place to be alone, to be private, to wonder what it was once like, or what it could be like. It is a place for the mind to wander, triggered by something there on the street or by something internal, more personal, a place to walk while whatever inside unfolds, yet again." 

- Allan B Jacobs, Great Streets

 

Contact: Steffi Sunny, Planning Assistant, District of Sicamous PH: (250) 836 2477 ext 2042 E: ssunny@sicamous.ca

 

In 2021, the District of Sicamous retained CitySpaces Consulting to complete a Housing Needs Report in accordance with Provincial legislation. This report builds on the foundation of housing policy, regulations, specific topic studies, and community engagement around housing in Sicamous. This report is intended to provide an understanding of current and anticipated housing needs within Sicamous.

Read the Report!

Contact: Sarah Martin, Planner, District of Sicamous PH: (250)836-5261 E: smartin@sicamous.ca

In 2020, the District received the Sicamous Narrows Flood Protection Plan prepared by Kerr Wood Leidal. To review the plan, please refer to the link below:

Sicamous Narrows Flood Protection Plan (2020)

Contact: Jeromy Schuetze, Engineering Technologist, District of Sicamous (250) 836 5267 E: jschuetze@sicamous.ca