Area G Community Plan Review

AREA G GETS A REFRESHED DRAFT COMMUNITY PLAN

The Regional District of Central Kootenay has completed making revision to Electoral Area G Land Use Bylaw No. 2452 since the PUBLIC HEARING held on July 4th, 2017 and following an OPINION POLL that was distrubuted in the Fall of 2017. Revisions are expected to provide clarity on Bylaw provisions and provide new information on community assets, water protection, development permit areas and emergency management and response. A series of Open Houses were held in Ymir and Salmo on March 19th and 22nd, 2018. Further community comment has resulted in additional revisions and we are hoping to have those completed over the coming weeks. A Public Meeting has also been scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 6:00 pm for those impacted by several of the land use change requests that were made as part of this process.

PUBLIC MEETING ON LAND USE REQUESTS IN YMIR AND PORTO-RICO AREAS

A Public Meeting has been scheduled for WEDNESDAY MAY 2ND, 2018 at 6:00 P.M. at the YMIR COMMUNITY HALL to allow for respresentations from property owners who wish to speak to several land use requests made in the vicinity of Ymir Townsite and Porto-Rico Ymir Road.

PUBLIC MEETING POSTER [PDF - 324 KB]

The following property requests have been identified as requiring further community discussion. Please note that two of the properties have since withdrawn their requests:

LOCATION

CURRENT ZONING

REQUESTED ZONING

STATUS OF REQUEST

6047 Porto Rico-Ymir Rd.

Medium Industrial (M2)

Light Industrial (M1)

Request Withdrawn

6364 Porto Rico-Ymir Rd.

Rural Residential (R3)

2 ha to Light Industrial (M1)

Pending

1st Avenue (Vacant)

Town-site Residential (R1)

General Commercial (C1)

Request Withdrawn

Highway 6 (Vacant)

Rural Residential (R3)

Light Industrial (M1)

Pending

6540 Highway 6

Rural Residential (R3)

Light Industrial (M1)

Pending

6670 Highway 6

Rural Residential (R3)

Light Industrial (M1)

Pending

6672 Highway 6

Rural Residential (R3)

Light Industrial (M1)

Pending


OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN

MAPPING SCHEDULES mapping schedules have been expanded to include all of Electoral Area G, including those communities not initially participating. These areas were brought it specifically to allow for expanded opportunity to identify critical assets and infrastructure, hazards such as wildfire risk, and to protect sources of domestic water supply through a Watercourse Development Permit Area (WDPA).

PURPOSE AND RELATED INITIATIVES this section outlines the strategic initiatives and programs of the RDCK that inform the policy and objectives of this community plan.

OBJECTIVES AND POLICY DIRECTIVES for Residential, Commercial and Industrial, Community Services, Agriculture, Parks and Recreation, Public Utilities, Water and Sewerage, Aggregate and Mineral Resources, Hazard Lands and Management, Natural Environment, Transportation, Energy and the Environment and Resource Areas have been articulated in a manner to provide clear direction on how the community will grow and sustain itself over the next ten to twenty years.

COMMUNITY SPECIFIC POLICIES have been expanded to include all of the unincorporated community of Area G.

ZONING REGULATION continues to only be applicable to the following communities: Apex, Hall Siding, Porto Rico, Ymir, Wildhorse, Porcupine and Boulder Creek, Rural Salmo, Sheep Creek, Rosebud Lake and Nelway. The northern portion of Ross Spur which was included in the former Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1335 is also included. Schedule B does not apply to the communities of Airport Road, Vector Village, Erie or Ross Spur.

DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - TEXT [PDF - 913 KB]
DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - SCHEDULE A.1 - OCP [PDF - 1.6 MB]
DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - SCHEDULE A.2 - HAZARDS AND CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE [PDF - 4.4 MB]
DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - SCHEDULE A.3 - PARKS, TRAILS AND COMMUNITY ASSETS [PDF - 4.7 MB]
DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - SCHEDULE A.4 - WATERCOURSE DEVELOPMENT PERMIT AREA [PDF - 3.6 MB]
DRAFT ELECTORAL AREA G LAND USE BYLAW NO. 2452, 2017 - SCHEDULE B.1 - ZONING [PDF - 1.8 MB]

LAND USE CHANGES AS REQUESTED AND CHANGED THROUGH PROCESS TO DATE [PDF - 1.5 MB]

BACKGROUND
The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) has initiated the review and update of Electoral Area G Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1335.  The Rural Land Use Bylaw for portions of Electoral Area G was adopted in 1999. Since that time, there has been an identified need to review the goals and objectives set out in the plan to better reflect the circumstances of today. In rural areas, where the rate of change is not as great as in more urbanized settings, community plans may not be reviewed for many years after they are first developed. The intent of the community plan review is the development of a Comprehensive Land Use Bylaw (CLUB) which will incorporate elements of an Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw for the respective communities within Electoral Area G.

A Draft Comprehensive Land Use Bylaw was presented to the communities of Electoral Area G during the month of November 2015. During that time, it was expressed that other areas may want to participate. An informal survey of residents outside of the Plan area was conducted in January and February of 2016. At that time, it was concluded that the Plan area boundaries may be expanded to include the communities of Rosebud Lake and Nelway.

RDCK planning staff have been engaged in several workshops over the spring and summer with residents and property owners in that area to incorporate them into the Draft Comprehensive Land Use Bylaw.

WHAT IS AN OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN?
An OCP Bylaw is a general statement of objectives and policies for land use, and for the form and character of future development. This land use bylaw serves as a guide to the RDCK Board, the public, and the development community in decision-making for land use. The OCP Bylaw maps identify ‘land use designations’ or types of development that the RDCK Board will consider in certain locations, as well as Development Permit Areas (DPAs) where special guidelines apply. The policies of an OCP are implemented through the Zoning Bylaw. The OCP includes:

  • Community Vision Statement(s) and Guiding Principles that describe overall community values for the next 5 years or longer;
  • Broad Goals grouped under key issues, such as housing, transportation, employment, and the environment;
  • General Policies for growth management and OCP designations; including resource areas, agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, administrative, cultural, institutional, parks and conservation areas, hazard lands, temporary commercial and industrial permits, and development permit areas; and
  • Implementation that includes refining the plan; adopting new or amended bylaws; conducting studies to obtain more information and future direction; and working closely with community members to ensure compliance.

Directives within the OCP may be guided by various higher level strategic objectives, such as the RDCK Agricultural Area Plan and the SustainABLE Central Kootenay project.

WHAT IS A ZONING BYLAW?
Zoning is the major tool by which the RDCK regulates the use, size and siting of land and buildings. Land use designations identified on Zoning Bylaw maps are more detailed than those of the OCP Bylaw, and are accompanied by text that outlines a specific range of permitted uses, densities, siting and building form. The purpose of zoning is to provide for the orderly development of the community, and to assist in avoiding conflicts between incompatible land uses.  The Zoning Bylaw includes more specific policy direction in the form of a regulation, and includes:

  • Definitions for the interpretation of key components of land use regulation;
  • General Regulations which outline various land uses and conditions applicable to the Plan area on a broad scale; and     
  • Specific Regulations for various land uses and conditions specific to specified areas or zones within the Plan area  (including but not limited to residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, resource areas, community services).

AREA G ADVISORY PLANNING COMMISSION

An Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is an independent body composed of local residents that act in an advisory capacity with regard to proposed land use bylaws or permits, providing recommendations on such matters to the RDCK Board and staff, as well as the local area director. The following people have been appointed by the RDCK Board to act as the Advisory Planning Commission for Electoral Area G. This Committee will be acting as an important resource throughout the community planning process as a means to assist in keeping RDCK staff and the local area director informed of community based opportunities and issues and assisting in community engagement and outreach.

Alan Perello (Chair)
Dave Lang (Vice Chair)
Jim Helgren
Michelle Colley
Jane Lyon
Jason Rose
Rose Wallace
Monte Comeau
Michael van Wijk
Carla Stephenson

Area G Advisory Planning Commission - March 20, 2014 [PDF - 111 KB]
Area G Advisory Planning Commission - August 14, 2014 [PDF - 110 KB]
Area G Advisory Planning Commission - May 26, 2016 [PDF - 113 KB]
Area G Advisory Planning Commission - September 7, 2016 [PDF - 114 KB]
Area G Advisory Planning Commission - October 12, 2017 [PDF - 111 KB]

Local Area Director
Hans Cunningham
Electoral Area G
Email: hcunningham@rdck.bc.ca
Phone: 250.357-9996

CONTACT US

 

Meeri Durand, RDCK

Planning Manager

Email:  mdurand@rdck.bc.ca

202 Lakeside Drive

Box 590

Nelson BC V1L 5R4

Tel:  250.352.8162

Fax:  250.352.9300

Web:  www.rdck.bc.ca

 

 

Eileen Senyk, RDCK

Planning Technician

Email: esenyk@rdck.bc.ca

202 Lakeside Drive

Box 590

Nelson BC V1L 5R4

Tel:   250.352.8190

Fax:   250.352.9300

Web: www.rdck.bc.ca

   

Kristin Aasen, RDCK

Planner

Email: kaasen@rdck.bc.ca

202 Lakeside Drive

Box 590

Nelson BC V1L 5R4

Tel:   250.352.8184

Fax:   250.352.9300

Web: www.rdck.bc.ca

 

HELPFUL DOCUMENTS

Workshop Summary (Rosebud Lake and Rural Salmo) [PDF - 137 KB]
What is a Community Plan and Zoning [PDF - 62 KB]
Implications of an Official Community Plan [PDF - 76 KB]
Agency Responsibilities [PDF - 109 KB]
Staff Presentation [PDF - 459 KB]
Rosebud Lake and Nelway Survey Summary [PDF - 117 KB]

Electoral Area G Backgrounder - Community Survey (2014) [PDF - 388 KB]
November 2015 Open House Summary [PDF - 130 KB]
Electoral Area G Conversation Cafe Summary [PDF - 130 KB]
Terms of Reference – Electoral Area G Comprehensive Land Use Bylaw Review (2014) [PDF - 255 KB]

Electoral Area G Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1335, 1998 (1998) [PDF - 256 KB]
Electoral Area G Community Profile (2014) [PDF - 165 KB]
Plan It – Ymir (Workshop held in May 2013)(2013) [PDF - 722 KB]
Nelson Salmo Regional Development Assessment: Community Profile (1983) [PDF - 3.7 MB]
Salmo Community Economic Development Strategy (2012) [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Columbia Basin Trust from Dialogue to Action [PDF - 1.5 MB]
Columbia Basin Trust - Area G Presentation on Climate Change Adaptation [PDF - 8.5 MB]
Columbia Basin Trust - Area G Presentation on Understanding Local Climate Change Impacts [PDF - 2.6 MB]

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