Depending on the location of your property and type of development proposed, a Development Planning Application may be required.
Development Variance Permit
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is an approval from the North Coast Regional District (NCRD) Board to vary the regulations(s) of the zoning or development and servicing for non-conforming development approvals. If your project does not conform to a bylaw regulation, a variance is required.
A development variance permit can not vary the land use or density. If approved by the Board, a Development Variance Permit is registered on title.
Rezoning may be required when a proposed use of a property is not permitted in the current zoning bylaw. Approval of this change in permitted use shall be considered through a public consultative process and by meeting the objectives and policies of the OCP for the area. This process requires an application fee, public notice, and a public hearing (may be waived), and referral to Provincial agencies and a local planning advisory commission before the NCRD Board makes a decision.
Official Community Plan Amendment
Amendments may be required when the proposed use or density of a property is not permitted in the current OCP for that area. Approval of this change in permitted use must have local support and is generally considered to be a more significant request than a change in zoning. This process requires an application fee, public notice, a public hearing and referral to a local planning advisory commission before the NCRD Board makes its decision. OCP amendments also require support from Provincial referral agencies and approval from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.