For more information about the Area C Official Community Plan and Zoning Review,
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Planning & Development Department
Telephone: (604) 894-6371
Toll-free: 1 (800) 298-7753
Fax: (604) 894-6526
Mail: PO Box 213, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0
In Person: 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC
Area C Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw Review
Pemberton Valley Agricultural Area Plan (PVAAP) Implementation
Electoral Area C
SLRD staff are conducting a review of the current Electoral Area C Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 689, 1999, and Zoning Bylaw No. 765, 2002. One of the primary foci of this project is to implement the PVAAP in Electoral Area C through amendments to the OCP and Zoning Bylaw, particularly with respect to agricultural zoning.
The SLRD Board has identified the main issues for the Review to address:
- enhancing agriculture,
- strengthening the protections for agricultural uses in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), and
- ensuring that ALR land is used for farming.
The SLRD Board has directed that the Plan should implement the Pemberton Valley Agricultural Area Plan (PVAAP) as much as possible. Specific actions to be incorporated into the OCP and Zoning include:
- establishing a Development Permit Area for the protection of farming for lands adjacent to farmland, and
- regulating the size and siting of residential uses in the ALR.
The Rural zoning for Electoral Area C is also undergoing changes though many of them are more cosmetic than substantial. The existing RR1 zone in Bylaw No. 765 has several subzones within it including RR1RES, RR1RES(SD), and RR1RM. The proposed Bylaw No. 1485 has RR1, RR2, and RRM zones that were created to replace the subzones and clean up the existing RR1 zone text. Please contact the SLRD Planning Department directly for your current and proposed zoning. In general, though not necessarily true in all cases, properties zoned:
- RR1RES and RR1RES(SD) under Bylaw No. 765 become RR1 under Bylaw No. 1485
- RR1 under Bylaw No. 765 become RR2 under Bylaw No. 1485
- RR1RM under Bylaw No. 765 become RRM under Bylaw No. 1485
The proposed RR2 zone is substantially similar to the existing RR1 zone with the exception of campgrounds and golf courses being removed as permitted uses because they are potentially disruptive and are better dealt with through a rezoning application process.
Visit the SLRD's Bylaw Directory and filter for 'Electoral Area C' and 'Zoning and Land Use Bylaws' for links to all of the current zoning bylaws and maps for Electoral Area C.
Other Local Governments
Electoral Area C area contains within its boundaries Indian Reserve (IR) Lands and the Village of Pemberton, which are separate government entities. The Area C OCP and Zoning Bylaw have no jurisdiction over IR or Village of Pemberton land areas. Consultation with and review of the policies for these areas will be made to ensure that the policies for the different jurisdictions do not conflict with each other.
Some lands have been transferred to the Village of Pemberton and the Area C OCP and Zoning Bylaw must be reviewed and amended as necessary to accurately reflect this. The Village of Pemberton approved a revised OCP in 2011 and the Area C OCP and Zoning Bylaw must be reviewed and amended if necessary to reflect this.
A Public Hearing was held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the SLRD Boardroom (1350 Aster Street, Pemberton) to consider the following:
- Electoral Area C Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1484-2017
- Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 1485-2017
A public meeting was held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Blackwater Creek School (9667 Pemberton Portage Road, D'Arcy). The meeting was intended to provide general information on the whole Area C Official Plan and Zoning Review and provide an opportunity for people to review proposals and provide input into OCP and Zoning content for Area C. Learn more here.
A public meeting was held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the SLRD Boardroom (1350 Aster Street, Pemberton - 2nd Floor). The meeting was intended to provide general information on the whole Area C Official Plan and Zoning Review and provide an opportunity for people to review proposals and provide input into OCP and Zoning content for Area C. Learn more here.
February 8, 2017 - Open House - PowerPoint Presentation:
It is also customary that Zoning Bylaws be reviewed every 5 - 10 years or after the adoption of a new Official Community Plan (OCP). The Area C Zoning Bylaw was completed in 2002 and has been amended many times but a full review has not been done. The review of the Area C OCP and Zoning Bylaw will be done together which will enable them to be fully aligned with each other.
Land Use Contracts
The Provincial government amended the Local Government Act this year with respect to Land Use Contracts, and requires that all LUCs in the province be terminated by June 30, 2024 with zoning bylaws to be in effect for those areas by June 30, 2022. This is an on-going process in local governments throughout the province.
There are six Land Use Contracts (LUC) still in effect in Electoral Area D. SLRD staff are intend to incorporate five of the six Land Use Contracts in Area C into zoning as part of the overall review.
• 4D Ranch LUC 123
• Birkenhead Lake Estates LUC 122
• Edwards Kia Ora Court LUC 47
• McGillivray Falls LUC 87
• Ponderosa Estates LUC 117.
Staff will meet with the affected land owners. The Lillooet Lake Estates/Heather Jean Developments LUC 88 will be discharged under a separate process.
- SLRD Board of Directors - August 23, 2017 (Updated)
- SLRD Board of Directors - August 23, 2017
- SLRD Board of Directors - July 26, 2017
- SLRD Board of Directors - May 24, 2017
- SLRD Board of Directors - December 14, 2016
- SLRD Electoral Area Directors committee - July, 2016
- SLRD Electoral Area Directors committee - May 10, 2016
Draft Map Documents
ALR Regulations - July 2016 changes
As per the recent news release, the Provincial Government announced changs to the ALR Use, Subdivision, and Procedure Regulation regarding agritourism activities and non-farm commercial events. These new regulations were developed by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Order-in-Council (602) that outlines the amendments can be found here: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/oic/oic_cur/0602_2016
How do I get involved?
Watch for notices of these meetings on our website and ads in the newspaper. We also ask that people spread the word with their neighbours about the process and the opportunity to be a part of it.
You can comment directly to this email address: email@example.com citing “Area C OCP and Zoning Bylaw Review” in the subject line.
For more information, please click on the links provided. More information will be posted as it becomes available.