The Regional District has a number of land use policies that provide guidance to elected officials, developers, the public and other decision makers.
- Zoning Bylaw No. 871 consists of a set of maps that divides an area into zones and a text document that sets out land use regulations for each zone. The general purpose of a zoning bylaw is to provide the community with assurance of the type of land uses they can expect to see in a certain area, and with some regulations for managing those uses.
- Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw has its own unique set of land use policies and regulations specifically for the rural Joe Rich area.
- Official Community Plans (OCP) are bylaws that consist of a series of policies that provide a framework for making land use decisions. These policies are based upon the communities vision and objectives and form a guide for future growth and land development. The Regional Board, Regional District staff, the community and developers use Official Community Plans in evaluating applications, reviewing proposed changes in land use, and undertaking projects. All development must conform to the relevant policies of the Official Community Plan. There are four OCP's guiding land use within the Electoral Areas.