A number of the changes were made to the Local Government Act in 2001. As a result, there
are a number of circulars and bulletins for planning and land use management which provide
some practical considerations for implementation and administration of the changes.
Since some plans and bylaws are only reviewed every five years or more, these circulars may
still be relevant today. For example: a broad focus for official community plans; improved
consultation; the rationale for the reduction in the number of official community plan and
zoning bylaws that regional districts need to submit to the ministry for approval; the
identification of related provisions; and, some practical considerations
Circular No. 03:01 reviews the Regional
District Bylaw Approval Exemption
Regulation 279/2003, brought into effect by Ministerial Order No.
M320/2003. The regulation exempts certain regional district
official community plans (OCP) and zoning bylaws from the
requirement for ministerial approval under the Local Government
Act (LGA). 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
Circular No. 00:40 reviews a
number of the changes made to the Local
Government Act in January 2001, and provides some
practical considerations for implementation and administration. Key
components include: a broad focus for official community plans;
provincial policy guidelines; improved consultation; and, proposed
reductions in the number of official community plan and zoning
bylaws that regional districts need to submit to the ministry for approval.
The additional ten bulletins
mentioned in Circular No. 00:40
provide more detail on the rationale behind the changes; identify
related provisions; and, suggest practical considerations and
Circular No. 00:43 provides clarification on implementation issues including Board of Variance sections, official community plan schedule requirements, and official community plan transition requirements.