Planning and Development Services

Planning and Development Services pertains to the development of long-range plans, policies and regulations that support the environmental, social and economic goals of the community. Staff works with the community and Council to develop long-range plans, policies and regulations that support the Official Community Plan (OCP) through these aspects of development.

In 2017, Council adopted a new Zoning Bylaw which provides a cohesive regulatory framework for land use throughout the Village of Lions Bay. This includes regulation of Short-Term Rentals (STRs) through Temporary Use Permits (TUPs), adding a cottage to one's property, and support for subdivision of land.

 

Development Permit Areas

Development Permit Areas (DPAs) within an OCP provide a framework to address a variety of purposes identified under section 488 of the Local Government Act. These include:

(a) protection of the natural environment, its ecosystems and biological diversity;
(b) protection of development from hazardous conditions;
(c) protection of farming;
(d) revitalization of an area in which a commercial use is permitted;
(e) establishment of objectives for the form and character of intensive residential development;
(f) establishment of objectives for the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi-family residential development;
(g) in relation to an area in a resort region, establishment of objectives for the form and character of development in the resort region;
(h) establishment of objectives to promote energy conservation;
(i) establishment of objectives to promote water conservation;
(j) establishment of objectives to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

In order to provide for subdivision of land, the Muncipality has undertaken an assessment of natural hazards to inform the creation of DPAs within the Village OCP. The Natural Hazard Assessment (the "Cordilleran Report") can be found here. This report, along with draft guidelines for the protection of development from hazardous conditions were presented at a Public Information Meeting on January 30, 2018 at 7 pm in Broughton Hall.

Lions Bay is continuing this process of consultation in advance of Council consideration of updates to these guidelines. To read more about this topic, click here for the recent discussion paper from CAO Peter DeJong.

To go straight to the updated draft of the OCP Development Permit Area Guidelines, click here.

To go straight to the DPA Guidelines in a summarized table format, click here.