Zoning is a way of regulating the use of land by assigning parcels of land to particular categories that include a specific range of permitted uses, permitted densities and siting regulations, for example. Zoning is the primary method of implementing the policies that are described in the Official Community Plans.
In many cases there will be a number of overlapping permitted uses and other regulations, but between each of those categories there will also be some differences. For example, often the minimum permitted lot sizes in agricultural areas is larger than in commercial or residential areas, to reflect the typical pattern of needing larger lots for farming. Likewise, often commercial neighbourhoods have smaller setback requirements, like a typical village street where the store front is right beside the sidewalk, not up a driveway.
If you would like to apply for a rezoning, please contact the SLRD Planning and Development Services Department by emailing: email@example.com., or for general information on zoning amendments, consult the Guide to Zoning Amendments.