Land Use Applications
OCP Amendment and Rezoning Application
An OCP amendment application will be required if a proposed rezoning is not adequately consistant with an area’s OCP. Rezoning is the process to amend the zone applied to a specific property. A rezoning application is made to the RDBN by a property owner when they want to use the property or develop to a density which is not permitted in the zone for the property. The Regional District Board is the approving authority for all applications.
Development Variance Permit
If a property owner has a need to develop a property in a manner which does not comply with a development regulation they may apply for a “Development Variance Permit.” This permit, if issued by the Board, would give relief from a specific requirement.
Temporary Use Permit
If a property owner has a need to use property, on a temporary basis, for a use that is not allowed on a property they may apply for a “Temporary Use Permit.” This permit, if issued by the Board, would allow a use that is not permitted by zoning for a period of up to 3 years, in accordance with the terms outlined in the permit. The Regional District Board may extend the permit for up to another three years.
Agricultural Land Reserve
The Agricultural Land Reserve is regulated by the Provincial Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and can be thought of as a provincial land use zone in which agriculture is recognized as the priority use. Farming is encouraged and non-agricultural uses are regulated. If you wish to subdivide or use your land for non-farm purposes you must submit an application to the ALC.