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.

At its meeting of April 21, 2022, staff from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the provincial Ministry of Ministry of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship requested a 12-month deferral of the amendment bylaws in order to complete an "Effectiveness Audit" of the Regional District's ESDP Area designation.

The "Effectiveness Audit" was presented at the July 6, 2023, meeting of the Planning and Development (P&D) Committee of the Board and again at the November 16, 2023, meeting of the P&D Committee (see links below).

Public Input

The public hearing for Amendment Bylaw No. 2912 is scheduled to occur on Thursday December 21, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. (see below under "Amendment Bylaw Status" for additional hearing details).  Written comments can be submitted prior to the close of the public hearing as follows:

  • 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.  Please note that all comments submitted will be made publicly 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 Hearing:

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023

Time: 9:00 am

Location: 101 Martin St, Penticton

https://rdos.webex.com

Public Hearing Notice

Webex Instructions

 

 

Public Information Meetings:

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022

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

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

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)

 

Delegation (no report)

Video

Minutes (2022-04-21)

 

Administrative Report

Video

Minutes (2022-05-05)

 

Administrative Report

ESDP "Effectiveness Audit"

PowerPoint Presentation

Minutes (2023-07-06)

 

Administrative Report

ESDP "Effectiveness Audit"

Minutes (2023-11-16)

 

Administrative Report

ESDP "Effectiveness Audit"

PowerPoint Presentation (RDOS)

Minutes (2023-12-07)

 

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)

 

Administrative Report

Bylaw No. 2912

Bylaw No. 2500.17

Representations

Representations 2

Representations 3

Minutes (2023-04-20)

 

Administrative Report

Bylaw No. 2912

Bylaw No. 2500.17

Representations 1

Representations 2

Representations 3

Minutes (2023-07-06)

 

Administrative Report

Bylaw No. 2912

Bylaw No. 2500.17

Representations I

Representations II

Representations III

Minutes (2023-12-07)

 

Public Hearing:

Public Hearing Report (2023-12-21)

Representations 1

Representations 2

Representations 3

Representations 4

Representations 5

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Bylaw 2912

Bylaw 2500.17

Minutes (2023-12-21)

 

Administrative Report

Bylaw 2912

Bylaw 2500.17

Minutes (2024-03-07)

Contact Us!

Christopher Garrish
Planning Manager
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca