Advisory Planning Commissions

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An Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is an independent body of local residents which provides input into the planning process. Members of each commission are appointed and participate on a volunteer basis. APCs are advisory in nature and as such, they do not have any direct approval, ownership, or authority over matters that are referred to them. APCs have no decision making responsibility and they do not establish CSRD policy.

In their preparations and deliberations, the members of an APC have a significant responsibility to the community. The matters under their consideration have direct influence on the livability and sustainability of a community; making the quality of their understanding, analysis, insight and recommendations on these items important.

Within their mandate and consistent with the statements above, the functions of the APC include:

Advising the Board, when requested, on matters respecting land use, community planning, or proposed bylaws and permits. These matters can include the following:

  • Official Community Plans (drafts and amendments)
  • Zoning Bylaw amendment applications
  • Development Permit applications (which are not deemed technical in nature)
  • Development Variance Permit applications
  • Agricultural Land Commission applications
  • Rural Land Use Bylaw amendment applications
  • Temporary Use Permit applications
  • Exemption Permits
  • Land Use Contract amendments and discharge
  • Any other matters deemed appropriate
  • Listening and reporting on the community's views
  • Gathering the relevant facts, information and opinions
  • Educating and raising the awareness of the Board and staff on specific and relevant issues
  • Raising issues needing to be addressed
  • Offering long term insight to the evolution of the community
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