Parcel Coverage Bylaw Amendments - Electoral Area F

Development Services staff is proposing amendments to all three zoning bylaws in Electoral Area F: Anglemont Zoning Bylaw No. 650 (Bylaw No. 650), Magna Bay Zoning Bylaw No. 800 (Bylaw No. 800), and Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Zoning Bylaw No. 825 (Bylaw No. 825). The amendments proposed would change the parcel coverage regulation from 25% to 30% in specific residential zones that affect waterfront properties along Shuswap Lake and the upland parcels with the same zoning. These amendments do not apply to commercial or industrial-zoned parcels.

Parcel coverage is typically the footprint of buildings and structures within the vertical projection over a parcel and is expressed as a percentage of the parcel area. It does not apply to non-building impervious surfaces such as asphalt or concrete.

  • The CSRD Board of Directors gave first reading to these amendments at the September 19, 2019 Board meeting and supported sending out referrals to ministries, agencies, First Nations, local qualified professionals, builders and industry professionals who work in and have a vested interest in the North Shuswap. Referral Comments are available for review below.
  • The CSRD Board of Directors gave second reading and delegated a public hearing for these amendments at the February 20, 2020 Board meeting. A public hearing has not yet been scheduled but is anticipated to be in spring 2020. 

See the Board Reports and supporting documents below; they provide extensive background information and the rationale for staff recommending an increase to 30% parcel coverage.

Feedback Opportunities

The most valuable comments for staff are ones that provide thorough detail and explanation for why, in your opinion, parcel coverage should increase, by how much, or stay the same. This detail will help Directors and staff better understand perspectives and potential implications, positive or negative, for increasing parcel coverage.

Comments will be reviewed by Directors and staff in order to gain perspective and a better insight regarding the potential impact increased parcel coverage may have on the North Shuswap community including factors like safe building sites and septic designs.

To share your input, click on the Comment Form button to complete the online form:

Comment Form

You can also e-mail your comments to, or mail them to:  

CSRD c/o Candice Benner, Planner II. 
555 Harbourfront Drive NE 
PO Box 978
Salmon Arm, BC  V1E 4P1

Background Information

Below are links to the Board Report, amending bylaws, and supporting documents which discuss the proposed amendments and the rationale behind them. They give a description of what parcel coverage means, how it applies, what parcels are affected and the different factors that staff considered.

Board Report - First Reading

Staff Board Report: Download

Bylaws - First Reading

Bylaw No. 650-14: Download

Bylaw No. 800-32: Download

Bylaw No. 825-41: Download

Board Report - Second Reading

Staff Board Report: Download

Bylaws - Second Reading

Bylaw No. 650-14: Download

Bylaw No. 800-32: Download

Bylaw No. 825-41: Download

Supporting Documents

Bylaw Excerpts: Policy and regulation taken from the Electoral Area F Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 830 (Bylaw No. 830),  Bylaw No. 650, Bylaw No. 800, and Bylaw No. 825 that is directly applicable to these amendments.


Parcel Coverage Comparison maps: example ortho photographs of 25%, 30%, 35%, and 40% parcel coverage.


Analysis Data and Maps: maps and data showing applicable zones, parcels, slopes, example analysis of buildable area for Anglemont​. 


Groundwater Absorption Coefficient (GAC) map: the percentage of a parcel that should be free of impervious/impermeable material, such as paved driveways, concrete patios, and buildings as outlined in the OCP.


Referral Comments: responses received from Agencies, First Nations, Qualified Professionals, Industry Professionals.


PowerPoint: slides presented at the Board meeting, September 19, 2019. Has examples of parcel coverage area, what parcel coverage is and is not, etc. 


* Please note: All comments received by the CSRD are public information and will be made available to the CSRD Board of Directors at a future Board meeting. Your feedback regarding these amendments is valued and appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to provide comment. Staff anticipate taking these amendments and referral comments back to the Board at the May or June 2020 Board meeting. 

Board agendas can be viewed on the Meeting Agendas & Minutes webpage.

For further information please contact: 

Candice Benner, Planner II
Development Services 
T:  250.833.5960