The Community Services Planning section can be involved in a variety of projects from policy development, to site planning, to improving regulations. The public is always an important participant in any planning process and input is sought in many different ways and at different times during the development of a plan or regulations.

There are a variety of current projects underway and public comments are always welcome.

The following provides more detailed information regarding some ongoing projects:


Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring Program

The development on an RGS Monitoring Program was identified in the 2017 Priority Projects Plan. The purpose of the program is to provide the foundation for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the RGS through the development of a set of measures that can be used to monitor progress.

The RDCO RGS Monitoring Program was endorsed by the Regional Board on October 10, 2019, and consists of two components:

1. A framework for monitoring impact on RGS goals consisting of 22 measures across the 10 RGS Issue Areas; and

2. A process for tracking Implementation, both of actionable policies identified in the RGS, as well as other regional and local initiatives that may contribute to the achievement of RGS goals.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Regional Housing Needs Assessment

One of the projects identified in the Regional Growth Strategy Priority Projects plan is development of a Regional Housing Needs Assessment.  Access to affordable housing is a growing concern regionally as it is in much of the Province. The provision of affordable housing can come through a wide range of mechanisms and solutions.  Given the proximity of Central Okanagan communities and their integration through the transportation network, the supply and demand of the housing market is best considered at the regional level. With the larger regional situation defined, each community’s role in the contribution to the solution can be better understood, supporting a coordinated and consistent response toward regional housing goals.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Zoning Bylaw No. 871 Annual Review and Update

Periodically, the Zoning Bylaw is reviewed and updated to reflect changing conditions.  Recommended changes are presented for consideration to the Regional Board.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Regional Floodplain Management Plan

The Regional District is preparing a Regional Floodplain Management Plan to better understand the risks and what can be done to reduce potential damage from flooding in the Central Okanagan.

The plan is being developed in three phases.  The first phase identified and prioritized the criteria for further study of flood hazard areas, while making recommendations that could be considered in future work to complete the plan.  

The second phase is currently underway and includes assessing the flood hazard and risk in identified high priority areas.  It's proposed the third and final phase will further develop and expand on existing flood risk mitigation strategies for the Central Okanagan.

Funding for Phase one and Phase two of the plan has been provided through the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program, the Federal Gas Tax Fund, Provincial Infrasture Planning Grant program, UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund and the Regional District.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Aggregate Supply and Demand Update and Analysis 2013

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Central Okanagan Lake Foreshore Plan and Inventory Mapping

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Agriculture Plan

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Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide book

  • The Regional District of Central Okanagan participated along with other Okanagan local governments and agencies to prepare this Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide Book to explain how we can improve the health of our watersheds in a world of climate change.

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State of the Basin report 2016


  • The State of the Basin Report is the product of an inter-regional initiative to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework intended to track progress on matters which are important to the Okanagan Valley as a whole. Partners in this initiative include the Regional Districts of North Okanagan (RDNO), Central Okanagan (RDCO), and Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).

The monitoring and evaluation framework addresses the following Policy Areas:

    • Urban Containment & Rural Protection
    • Agriculture
    • Water Stewardship
    • Environment & Natural Lands
    • Economic Development
    • Transportation & Infrastructure
    • Housing
    • Climate Change & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Community Health and Wellbeing
    • Governance & Shared Services

Preparation of the State of the Basin Report was made possible with funding assistance provided by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The partners also acknowledge and appreciate the professional consulting services provided by EcoPlan International Inc. and assistance provided by the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, the Interior Health Authority, and numerous other agencies and individuals who contributed their time and expertise to the project..

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