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.

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsPublic 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

Advisory Planning Commissions:

Electoral Area "A"

Monday, November 9, 2020

5:00 p.m.

Sonora Centre

8505 68th Avenue, Osoyoos 

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-09)

 

Electoral Area "C"

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

Meeting number: TBD

Password: RD@S

Toll Free: 1-833-311-4101

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-15)

Instructions on attending an 
Webex meeting can be viewed here: 
Detailed Instructions

 

Electoral Area "D"

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

7:00 p.m.

OK Falls Community Centre Gym

1141 CEdar Street, OK Falls

Agenda 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-10)

 

Electoral Area "E"

Monday, December 14, 2020

7:30 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

Meeting number: TBD

Password: RD@S

Toll Free: 1-833-311-4101

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-14)

Instructions on attending an 
Webex meeting can be viewed here: 
Detailed Instructions

 

Electoral Area "F"

Monday, November 23, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

Meeting number: 146 897 9792

Password: RD@S

Toll Free: 1-833-311-4101

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-11-23)

Instructions on attending an
Webex meeting can be viewed here: 
Detailed Instructions

 

Electoral Area "H"

TBD

 

Electoral Area "I"

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

Meeting number: TBD

Password: RD@S

Toll Free: 1-833-311-4101

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-16)

Instructions on attending an 
Webex meeting can be viewed here: 
Detailed Instructions

 

Public Information Meetings:

TBD

 

Public Hearing:

TBD 

Public Hearing Notice

Planning & Development Committee:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2019-05-23)

 

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-10-15)

 

Administrative Report

Minutes (TBD)

 

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes

 

Public Hearing:

Public Hearing Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes (2020-12-15)

Contact Us!

Christopher Garrish
Planning Manager
250-490-4101
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca