(updated February 19, 2014)
On February 11, 2014, Council adopted District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw 0154, replacing Bylaw No. 871, which was inherited from the Regional District of Central Okanagan at the time of incorporation on December 6, 2007:
Please note: The District of West Kelowna is currently working to integrate Schedule B into its online map system.
If you have questions regarding the new bylaw, please contact Development Services Division staff at 778-797-8830 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include Zoning Bylaw 0154 in the subject line.
Zoning Bylaw 0154 has been structured with a delayed effective date (30 days from the date of adoption). Therefore, Bylaw 871 is in effect until March 12, 2014 and Zoning Bylaw 0154 comes into effect March 13, 2014.
The effective date is delayed to allow seamless transition from one bylaw to the other, given the comprehensive material contained within each document. The transition time allows for staff familiarization with the new bylaw, publication of the new document and map updates to the Geographical Information System (GIS).
The delayed effective date also gives those with application-ready projects the time needed to apply under the old bylaw.
West Kelowna will deal with in stream Building Permit (BP) and Development Permit (DP) applications and any new BP and DP applications received prior to March 13, 2014, under the old bylaw, Zoning Bylaw 871. All BP and DP applications received prior to March 13, 2014 must be approved or denied within six months (i.e. September 13, 2014) to be applicable under Bylaw 871. After this date, such applications will be processed or reapplied for under Zoning Bylaw 0154.
WHAT IS A ZONING BYLAW?
Zoning bylaws are authorized under the Local Government Act (Division 7) to enable municipalities to regulate land use and implement the objectives of an Official Community Plan.
As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas of the community and assign specific regulations to these areas to guide development. For example, zoning bylaws include regulations with regard to density as well as the site locations and sizes of buildings.
Property owners seeking to develop or redevelop their property should consult the District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw to determine the permitted regulations for the zone that applies to their lot(s) or contact the Planning Department at 778-797-8830.
ZONING BYLAW REVIEW PAST PROCESS
The District of West Kelowna initiated a review of Zoning Bylaw 871 in 2012. The bylaw had been inherited from the Regional District of Central Okanagan and had last been substantially reviewed and updated in 2000.
An update to the Zoning Bylaw was also a necessary next step after the District of West Kelowna adopted its first Official Community Plan (OCP) in July 2012. The Zoning Bylaw had to be reviewed to reflect the policy directions identified in the new OCP. Furthermore, the municipality developed a variety of master plans such as the Agriculture Plan, Waterfront Plan and Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan, which provided further framework for an updated Zoning Bylaw. The review of the Zoning Bylaw also addressed a number of technical and operational issues associated with the previous bylaw. The aim was to create a clear and consistent, user-friendly document for both staff and the community.
The Zoning Bylaw Review included:
Adoption of Zoning Bylaw 0154 on February 11, 2014
Third reading on December 10, 2013
Public hearing on November 26, 2013
Second reading on October 29, 2013
First reading on October 8, 2013
A presentation to council on September 24, 2013
An online survey to obtain community feedback in June and July 2013.
A community open house on June 13, 2013:
A presentation to Council on May 21, 2013:
A presentation to Council on August 14, 2012:
A presentation to Council on May 15, 2012:
Input on Home Based Business Regulations in May 2012.
An Agricultural Workshop on March 28, 2012:
A presentation to Council on February 21, 2012:
For further information on Zoning Bylaw 0154, please contact the District of West Kelowna’s Development Services Division: