Regional District Bylaw Approval Exemption Regulation No. 279/2003
Circular No. 03:01
Under the regulation, ministerial approval is not required for an OCP or a zoning bylaw unless the bylaw:
The regional district will determine which bylaws will need to be
submitted for ministerial approval. The ministry will process submitted
bylaws in the normal manner.
The regulation applies to all regional districts in the province, except:
The regulation does not apply to the Islands Trust.
Section 882 (6) of the LGA provides the authority for the Minister, by
regulation, to define areas and circumstances where ministerial approval of
regional district OCPs would not be required. Section 913(4)
authorizes the Minister to exempt regional district zoning bylaws
from this approval.
The objective of the regulation is to reduce the number
of bylaws that require ministerial approval while ensuring that bylaws
that have the potential for conflict with significant provincial
interests are reviewed and considered in the approval process.
The regulation is intended to exempt bylaws that allow very small scale
development or that do not apply solely to Crown lands, and it is focussed on
streamlining the development approval process.
The regulation is available from