The Development Services team manages the growth and physical form of the District through the land use planning and development process, permit processing and inspection. Planning & Development is committed to community engagement and has several upcoming opportunities for the public to provide input. Please visit the Projects page for the schedule of events.
The Planning Department provides advice to Council, staff, local property owners, residents and developers on the use of land within the District in accordance with the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and provincial legislation.
Planning and Development Services manages the growth and physical form of the District through the land use planning process and by establishing goals and objectives for future growth and development. The Planning and Development Department is responsible for the review, processing and approval of all planning applications.
The Building Inspections Department is responsible for administering permit applications and issuance, conducting inspections in accordance with the the BC Building Code and the District's Building Regulations Bylaw, as well as other applicable laws and regulations to ensure the standards for construction and plumbing are consistent throughout the Province. Through plans review and site inspections, staff ensure that the design and construction of new structures comply with the BC Building Code.
The Planning & Development Committee meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. As of September 8, 2021, the Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. in Council Chambers.
The Committee, which consists of two Councillors and two members of the community, is an opportunity to implement a process for development proposals to be considered in conjunction with the policies of the Official Community Plan and provide an opportunity for developers to receive initial input on development proposals. Planning & Development Committee Agendas are posted Friday the week prior.
On June 23, 2021, the DOS welcomed back in-person attendance at its meetings following months of restricted in-person attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting PHO on Gathering and Events. As we find ourselves in Phase 3 of B.C's Restart Plan, the District can accommodate the maximum capacity of 50 persons in Council Chambers, physical distancing is no longer required, and masks are recommended if you are not fully vaccinated, but are no longer mandatory.
Meetings and Public Hearings will continue to be hosted electronically via ZOOM as permitted under Ministerial Order M314 until otherwise announced by the Province of British Columbia. If you wish to join Council Meetings electronically via ZOOM, learn more about online participation by visiting the Virtual Meetings and Public Hearings webpage.