A Development Permit initiates an opportunity to review proposed developments to ensure that they comply with the policies and objectives of the sustainable Official Community Plan (OCP), including design and environmental guidelines. A Development Permit may be required when the proposal falls within the Sustainable Official Community Plan designated development permit areas or falls within the Development Permit Guidelines. The Official Community Plan outlines the objectives that justify designation of a Development Permit Area and specifies guidelines for how these objectives must be addressed.

The Local Government Act permits a local government to designate development permit areas (DPAs) and the City of Campbell River has designated the following Development Permit Areas:

  1. Form, Character & Performance (for multi-family, commercial and industrial development) Development Permit Area
  2. General Environmental Protection Development Permit Area
  3. Bald Eagle Nest Tree Development Permit Area
  4. Streamside Protection Development Permit Area
  5. Estuary Development Permit Area
  6. Foreshore Development Permit Area
  7. Watershed Development Permit Area
  8. Hazard Conditions Development Permit Area
  9. Interface Fire Hazard Development Permit Area

Exemptions:

Under the Local Government Act, certain types of development within designated Development Permit Areas may be exempted from development permit requirements. Specific exemption criteria are listed in each set of Development Permit Area Guidelines.

Major Development Permits: includes all commercial and industrial development greater than 92.9 square metres (1000 square feet) floor area, all multiple family residential development for 10 or more dwelling units, development permits involving a variance, and all phased development applications where the total development is in excess of requirements for a minor development permit. Within a major development permit, the applicant can also apply for a variance. With a combined application, the applicant is responsible for holding a Neighbourhood Public Meeting and the City is also required to send out a Notice of Intent to the neighbours within 100 metres of the property prior to consideration of the application by Council.

Minor Development Permits: includes all multiple family residential applications containing less than 10 dwelling units in total, the subdivision of land, natural resource preservation, local convenience stores and commercial and industrial applications for less than or equal to 92.9 square metres (1000 square feet) floor area. Development permit requests for new buildings or additions for less than 92.9 square metres floor area on the City’s airport property may be incorporated into and processed in conjunction with the airport lease agreement. You may wish to present your proposal to the Development Review Committee before submitting your formal application. The Development Review Committee is made up of various departmental staff members and meets every two weeks. This provides an opportunity for applicants to present a development proposal and discuss with staff the feasibility of the proposal before submitting formal applications.

You may wish to present your proposal to the Development Review Committee before submitting your formal application. The Development Review Committee is made up of various departmental staff members and meets every two weeks. This provides an opportunity for applicants to present a development proposal and discuss with staff the feasibility of the proposal before submitting formal applications.

Here is a link to the City of Campbell River's On-Line Maps, The OCP Interactive Map provides Land Use Designations and Development Permit Areas. The City Interactive Map will provide zoning information. Please Note: To view Zoning select the Zoning layer from the side bar on the left. As the information shown on the map may not always be fully up to date the map is provided for information only and should not be relied upon as authoritative. Please confirm the designations and zoning through the Development Services Department.

To assess what applies to your proposal please set up an appointment for a pre-application meeting with the Development Services Staff who will be happy to assist you in filling out your formal application.

Application Forms & Guidelines - Link to application forms and guidelines.

Although the City of Campbell River tries to assure the accuracy of all information here, you should confirm all information with the staff at the Development Services Department.

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