Apex Mountain Zone Review

Background

As part of on-going work related to the preparation of a single Okanagan Valley Electoral Area Zoning Bylaw, the Regional District is currently in process of reviewing the residential zones at Apex Mountain. 

Under the Electoral Area “I” Zoning Bylaw No. 2457, 2008, the zones that generally apply to properties at Apex Mountain have been classified as residential and comprise the Residential Apex Alpine (RS4), Residential Multiple Unit Three (RM3) and Mixed Use Apex Alpine (RMU) Zones.

Despite being classed as a residential zone, the RMU Zone is a mixed-use zone that allows for a wide range of commercial and is similar to the Okanagan Falls Town Centre Zone and the Naramata Village Centre Zone.

For this reason, the review of zones at Apex Mountain is being considered separately from the Residential, Commercial and Tourist Commercial Zone Reviews that have either been completed or are still in process by the Regional District.

Proposed Zone Changes

A preliminary review of the RMU Zone revealed that developed properties outside of the Village core area are almost exclusively residential (with the exception of the many vacation rentals that occur in this community).

The Regional District is also cognizant of concerns previously raised by the Apex community regarding the RMU Zone during the recent Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw Review (2016) as well as during earlier amendments introducing "vacation rentals" as a permitted use in the community (2013).  These concerns related to the extent to which the RMU Zone contemplates the spread of commercial uses into residential areas and to the possible detriment of the Village core area.

While the preparation of a Local Area Plan for Apex exceeds the scope of the current work being undertaken in support of a single zoning bylaw for the Okanagan Electoral Areas, the Regional District considers there to be merit in reconsidering the RMU Zone.

Accordingly, it is being proposed to implement a similar type of zoning that was recently applied to the town centres of Okanagan Falls and Naramata and that this be in the form of a new “Apex Mountain Village” Zone.  It is further proposed to apply this "Apex Mountain Village" Zone to the commercial core of the village and to apply residential zonings to other areas currently zoned RMU (NOTE: it is proposed that the RMU Zone would cease to exist as a result of this process).

For reference purposes, maps of the current zoning of Apex versus the proposed zoning can be accessed below under "Amendment Bylaw Status" (see "Draft Documents").

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaws:

 

OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 2683.03

(version - 2018-04-19)

 

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2457.26

(version - 2018-04-19)

 

Current Zoning Map - Apex

(version - 2018-04-19)

 

Proposed Zoning Map - Apex

(version - 2018-04-19)

Public Information Meetings:

TBD

 

Public Hearing:

TBD

Feedback Form

Planning & Development Committee:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2018-04-19)

 

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes

 

Public Hearing:

Public Hearing Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading:

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Adoption:

Administrative Report

Minutes

Contact Us!

For additional information, or to submit comments, please contact:
Christopher Garrish 
Planning Manager
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca
250-490-4101