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Planning, Zoning & Development

Regional District of North Okanagan provides community planning services to all electoral areas of the North Okanagan, as well as the participating municipalities of Enderby and Lumby.


Community Planning Hierarchy

A hierarchy of plans guide land use planning in the RDNO- progressing from broad land use policy to specific parcel-based land use and development requirements.

A Regional Growth Strategy gives long range planning direction for Electoral Areas and municipal Official Community Plans (OCPs). OCPs provide a framework of broad planning goals, objectives and land use designations that guide development. Neigbourhood Plans & Local Area Plans, which are consistent with a corresponding OCP, focus policy directives and design guidelines regarding the form and function of designated neighbourhood and local areas. The specific use of land, buildings, and structures in the Electoral Areas of the RDNO is regulated through Zoning Bylaw No. 1888 (except Silver Star).  All properties in the North Okanagan have a legal zoning classification that specifies the uses or activities that can take place on that property.

Community Planning Overview

Regional Growth Strategy

The North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy was adopted by the RDNO Board of Directors on September 21, 2011. The North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy provides a common framework for regional and local planning in the North Okanagan and is intended as a strategic guide to future land uses and development. Official Community Plans, through Regional Context Statements, will be instrumental in implementing the Regional Growth Strategy.

Official Community Plans

An OCP is a local government bylaw that is developed through extensive community consultation and input and then adopted by the Board of Directors or a Municipal Council to guide decisions with respect to policies relating to residential and commercial development, industrial activity, transportation infrastructure, agricultural and recreational land uses, and environmental considerations. An OCP also identifies where future development should occur within a community, including the approximate location and phasing of major roads, sewer and water systems.  Find the OCP for your area below.

Municipalities - Official Community Plan & Zoning Bylaws

The RDNO provides Planning Services to Enderby and Lumby; in this regard RDNO staff respond to inquires regarding development proposals and process development applications on their behalf.  To review your municipality’s OCP and Zoning Bylaw and or to access their Development Application Forms visit their website, links provided below.  For mapping visit the Community Maps page.

Zoning Bylaws

Zoning bylaws govern how development may occur in specified zones of the Regional District.  This legal mechanism is used by local governments to promote orderly development and prevent conflict between land uses by dividing an area into “zones” and defining specific “permitted uses” for each zone.  Zoning regulations typically include specific requirements for building height, size, setbacks from property lines, density, and minimum lot area, and are contained within a “Zoning Bylaw” that is adopted by a Council or Board of Directors

Agricultural Land Reserve

For lands located with the Provincially designated Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), in addition to local Zoning Bylaw regulations, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Act and Regulations must also permit a land use for it to be permitted.  With ever changing ALC regulations, some land uses permitted within local bylaws may not be permitted by the ALC.  If you have questions in this regard, please contact Planning Staff.

Media Release dated Friday, April 9, 2021 from the Agricultural Land Commission:  Residential flexibility in the Agricultural Land Reserve

Please direct Electoral Area and Municipal (City of Enderby & Village of Lumby) inquiries to:

Phone: 250-550-3700
Fax: 250-550-3701
E-mail: [email protected]