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Land Use Regulation


Official community plans set out the goals and objectives of a council or board. However, community plans are policy and not regulatory instruments. While they are binding on council and boards, they have no regulatory effect. This means if council or a board wishes to control the use of private land then they must back up the plan up with appropriate regulatory bylaws.  While, these bylaws are separate from the official community plan but they must be consistent with the official community plan. The key regulatory tools are:

In addition to these key regulatory tools, councils and boards have a number of other regulatory tools including powers to adopt bylaws to regulate the following: sign control; landscaping; soil deposit and removal; parking; and drainage. Often these regulations become part of a comprehensive land use regulatory bylaw.

An Approving Officer has the authority to consider provincial laws, official community plans, zoning and subdivision servicing bylaws and other relevant information to decide whether to approve a subdivision application.

In a municipality, the Approving Officer is an employee of the municipality. In a regional district, the approving officer is an employee of the Ministry of Transportation - unless the regional district has agreed to take on the responsibility.


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