ESDP Review

Background

In 2017, the Regional District completed a review of the Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP) Area designations in the South OKanagan Electoral Area Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw (this being Electoral Areas "A", "C", "D", "E", "F" & "I"). 

This represented the first review of Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit (ESDP) Areas since their introduction in Electoral Area "D" (OK Falls / Eastside Road) in 1997, and resulted in the introduction of:

  • consistent objectives and policies related to “Parks, Recreation & Trails” and “Natural Environment & Conservation” in each Electoral Area OCP Bylaw;
  • consistent regulations for "Parks and Recreation (PR)" and "Conservation Area (CA)" zones in each Electoral Area Zoning Bylaw;
  • consistent Guidelines governing development in ESDP Areas across Electoral Areas;
  • a new "Expedited" DP option based on the submission of a "Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA)"; and
  • updated mapping of areas with "high" and "very high" environmental values derived from mapping in "Keeping Nature in our Future" (2013).

Additional information on this project can be found here: https://www.rdos.bc.ca/development-services/planning/strategic-projects/esdp-area-update/

In 2019, a "24 Month Review" of the changes that were implemented was undertaken and administrative report detailing the findings was cosnidered by the Planning and Development (P&D) Committee of the Regional District Board at its meeting of May 23, 2019.  A copy of this report is provided below.  Amongst other things, it was recommended that:

  • replace the Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) checklist with a new standardised report template ("Environmental Screening Report");
  • remove subdivisions as an "expedited" development permit option; and
  • undertake minor modifications to the mapping to address the retention of existing dwellings within the ESDP Area.

At its meeting of August 6, 2020, the following Director’s Motion was carried by the Regional District Board:

  • THAT the RDOS Board apply Environmentally sensitive development permits (ESDPs) to only Subdivisions and rezonings; and further,
  • THAT Staff report back to the Board on the options to make ESDPs more effective at Subdivisions and rezonings; and further,
  • THAT ESDPs should in no way prevent or discourage residents from firesmarting their properties according to the firesmart principles.

At its meeting of September 3, 2020, the August 6, 2020, Motion was debated and carried by the Regional District Board.

Public Input

While work on this project remains on-going, the Regional District encourages feedback from residents regarding the current ESDP Area designation.  These comments can be:

  • emailed to planning@rdos.bc.ca;
  • faxed to 250-492-0063; or
  • mailed or dropped off at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A-5J9.

The option of completing and submitting a RDOS Feedback Form to the numbers listed above is also available.

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsAPC ConsiderationPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaw:

Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2912
(annotated version - 2020-10-15)

Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2500.17
(annotated version - 2020-10-15)

 

Other Documents:

Director's Notice of Motion

Board Minutes - 2020-08-06

Board Minutes - 2020-09-03

Electoral Area "A"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-09)

 

Electoral Area "C"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (NO QUORUM)

 

Electoral Area "D"

Agenda 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-10)

 

Agenda 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2021-02-09)

 

Electoral Area "E"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-14)

 

Electoral Area "F"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-23)

 

Electoral Area "H"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-15)

 

Electoral Area "I"

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-16)

 

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2021-01-20)

Public Information Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

ESDP Review - Slide Presentation
(2022-02-22)

Video Recording of Meeting (2022-02-22)

ESDP Review - Slide Presentation
(Preview version)

"Preview" Video

Notice of Meeting

 

Public Hearing:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Meeting Number: TBD

Password: TBD

Public Hearing Notice

Webex Instructions

Planning & Development Committee:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2019-05-23)

 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-10-15)

 

Administrative Report

Representations

Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2912

Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2500.17

Minutes (2021-03-18)

 

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Bylaw No. 2912

Bylaw No. 2500.17

Representations

Representations 2

Representations 3

Minutes (2022-03-03)

 

Administrative Report

Bylaw No. 2500.17

Bylaw No. 2912

Representations

Minutes (2022-05-05)

 

Public Hearing:

Public Hearing Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes

Contact Us!

Christopher Garrish
Planning Manager
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca