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 Regional District 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 SQCRD 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 SQCRD Board makes its decision. OCP amendments also require support from Provincial referral agencies and approval from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (MCSCD).