The Works and Services Bylaw has been under review since 2012. Bylaw No. 0120 was adopted at the March 25, 2014 Council meeting:
Works and Services Bylaw 0120 enables the District of West Kelowna to regulate and require the provision of works and services associated with subdivision and development of land.
Bylaw 0120 came into effect on April 24, 2014:
All applications submitted before April 24 were considered in-stream with a one year grace period under the previous bylaw.
Any new subdivision or development applications submitted after April 24 have been considered under the new bylaw.
As part of the review process, the District of West Kelowna consulted with the Urban Development Institute and the local land development industry, including commercial developers, builders, trades and contractors. The community and neighbourhood associations were also consulted as part of the feedback process.
Referral agencies were provided copies of the bylaw and provided opportunities to provide feedback.
WHY WAS THE BYLAW UPDATED?
West Kelowna is a young municipality, incorporated in December 2007. At the time of incorporation, the District of West Kelowna continued to use some of the bylaws that the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) had created for the community when it was a rural electoral area.
The District of West Kelowna had been using RDCO Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw No. 704 and the bylaws of the former Westbank and Lakeview Irrigation Districts. RDCO Bylaw No. 704, as it pertained to the area now known as the District of West Kelowna, had been last substantially updated in 1996. Rapid growth has occurred in West Kelowna since then, and the rural standards outlined in these bylaws were no longer providing sufficient guidance or direction for urban development and modern infrastructure.
The Works and Services Bylaw was updated to incorporate the recommendations of the Official Community Plan and several recently developed master plans covering agriculture, drainage, parks and recreation, transportation, sewers, water, waterfront and Westbank Centre.
An extensive review of the Zoning Bylaw also occurred and the District of West Kelowna's Works and Services Bylaw No. 0120 was updated to reflect guidelines in Zoning Bylaw No. 0154.
PURPOSE OF THE BYLAW
Creation of a Works and Services Bylaw (also sometimes referred to as the Subdivision and Development Services Bylaw) is authorized under Section 938 of the Local Government Act. The bylaw enables a municipality to regulate land use and require works and services as part of subdivision or development of land.
The District of West Kelowna uses the bylaw to process and respond to subdivision or development applications. Having one updated bylaw ensures consistency in applying criteria when processing development applications and responding to any issues that arise concerning subdivisions and development servicing.
To learn more, please contact the District of West Kelowna's Development Services Division at: