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Applications

(The Evaluation of Proposals)

Applications are one of the important tools that the Regional District uses to evaluate proposals and make land use decisions. The Province of British Columbia has legislation that contains certain requirements the Regional District must meet. The Consolidated Procedures Bylaw No. 944 of the Regional District incorporates those requirements and outlines the procedure each application is required to abide by.  This bylaw is provided in its consolidated form for convenience only and should not be considered the official version.  

The following are applications and application guides for the various land use policies and regulations overseen by staff in the Community Services Planning Section. The guides are intended to help explain how applications are handled but are not a detailed review of the process. Please contact Planning section staff prior to making any formal application as they will be pleased to provide information and answer questions.

These Guides summarize a procedure but following the steps in a procedure does not automatically mean approval of a proposal. An application process is a process of evaluation.   Please note that Professional Reports are required to support some applications.

The Community Services Planning Section has a Fee Schedule that specifies the fees for each type of application.

Links to Applications and Guides for the following:

Rezoning Application / Official Community Plan Application / Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw Re-designation Application /
Land Use Contract Amendment Application / Development Variance Permit Application / Development Permit Application / Temporary Commercial or Industrial Use Permit Application / Request for Exemption from Floodplain Regulations

Links to Guides for the following Referral Applications:  Subdivision Application Referrals / Agricultural Land Commission Applications & Referrals / Crown Land Applications / Sand & Gravel Extraction Referral Applications

Rezoning Application

An application to change from one zone in Zoning Bylaw No. 871 to another, thereby allowing a different set of land uses on a property. Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they required as part of a complete application.
Application to Rezone a Property (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Rezoning application process

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Official Community Plan Application

An application to change from one future land use designation to another.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application.
Application to change the Official Community Plan (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Official Community Plan application process

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Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw (RLUB) Re-designation Application

An application to change from one designation to another, thereby allowing a different set of land uses of a property.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application.
Application to Re-designate land in the RLUB (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Re-designation application process

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Land Use Contract Amendment Application

An application to change the wording, use, or site plan in a Land Use Contract (LUC) thereby changing the regulations that govern the particular property covered by the LUC.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application.
Application to make an LUC amendment (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the LUC amendment process

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Development Variance Permit Application

An application to change a certain regulation for a particular property (or properties) because of circumstances specific to that site.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application.
Application for a Development Variance Permit (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Development Variance Permit process

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Development Permit Application

An application required by the policies of the Official Community Plan to ensure development meets specific community objectives and goals for:

  • The design, character and landscaping of certain types of development, or,
  • The protection of the environmental qualities of the site, or,
  • The assessment and response to potential hazards.

 A development permit may also amend the site plan of a Land Use Contract.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application.
Application for a Development Permit (updated December 2011) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Development Permit process (the following links are to handouts for each particular Development Permit and are intended to augment information provided in the Guide)

Development Permit Design Guidelines

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Temporary Commercial or Industrial Use Permit Applications

An application to permit a temporary commercial or industrial use on a property.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application
Application for a Temporary Use Permit (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to the Temporary Use Permit process

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Subdivision Application Referrals

An application to create two or more properties from one original parcel. Adjusting or consolidating existing property lines is also considered a form of subdivision. Subdivision applications are made with the Ministry of Transportation and referred to the Regional District.
Guide to the processing of Subdivision referrals
Link to Ministry of Transportation - Permits, Approvals and Regulations webpage

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Agricultural Land Commission Applications and Referrals

Applications related to property located within the provincial agricultural land reserve (exclusion, inclusion, non-farm use, subdivision).
Guide to applications to the Agricultural Land Commission

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Request for Exemption from Floodplain Regulations

This is a request to the Regional Board to exempt construction from floodplain regulations in Zoning Bylaw #871.  Please note that there are two forms that applicants must complete and submit.  Together they are required as part of a complete application
Request for Exemption from Floodplain Regulations (updated March 2009) and Provincial Site Profile Form
Guide to Request for Floodplain Regulation Exemption

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Referrals from the Province regarding Crown Land applications

Referrals from the Province requesting comments on applications they receive for the use, sale or lease of Crown Land.
Guide to the Processing of Crown Land Referrals

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Referrals from the Province regarding Sand and Gravel Extraction applications

Referrals may be received from the Province of BC requesting comments on applications it receives for the extraction and processing of sand, gravel and rock.  Please note that applications are made to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, not the Regional District.  The Ministry may refer such applications to the Regional District of Central Okanagan for commentfrom its Board, Departments and Advisory Commissions.  The Ministry makes final decisions on applications to it for sand and gravel extraction permits.
Guide to the Processing of Extraction Application Referrals

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