Development Permit Areas

What is a Development Permit (DP)?
A Development Permit outlines conditions or design requirements for certain types of development. Development Permit Areas are outlined in the Official Community Plan. There are two main types of Development Permits:

• An environmental Development Permit outlines requirements for protection of the environment (creek habitat) or requirements to deal with natural hazards (flooding, slope instability). The brochure provides an overview of the process for an environmental DP.

• A form and character Development Permit outlines design requirements for new construction (except for regular single family construction). The brochure provides an overview of the process for an form and character DP.

Development Permit Requirements and Guidelines
For every Development Permit Area the Official Community Plan has a set of requirements and guidelines. Please contact Planning staff to discuss how the requirements apply to your project before making an application. The following Development Permit requirements and guidelines may apply:

Environmental DP areas:

• DPA 1 (former) Gravel Pit Areas
• DPA 2 Watercourses (habitat protection and creek hazards)
• DPA 3 Marine, Foreshore and Shoreline Areas
• DPA 4 Rocky beach front / escarpment, Rockfall and Upland Slope Hazards
• DPA 5 Steep Slopes (any slopes > 20%)

Form and character DP areas:

• DPA 6 Downtown Sechelt (in land use designation Downtown Centre)
• DPA 7 Multiple Family Residential (more than 3 units, for multifamily designated or zoned lands)
• DPA 8 Intensive Residential and Infill Housing (for lands designated or zoned for small lot subdivision, clusterhousing, infill development, etc. for details see the OCP.)
• DPA 9 Commercial Areas (for any lands designated or zoned for commercial use)
• DPA 10 Business and Industry (for any lands designated or zoned for industrial use)

Development Permit Locations
Maps D 1, 2, 3 and E 1, 2, 3 in the Official Community Plan outline where the environmental Development Permits are located.

• D 1 (West Sechelt)
• D 2 (East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek)
• D 3 (Selma Park, Davis Bay, Wilson Creek)
• E 1 (West Sechelt)
• E 2 (East Porpoise Bay, Sandy Hook, Tuwanek)
• E 3 (Selma Park, Davis Bay, Wilson Creek)

Form and character Development Permits are tied to certain future land use designations. See Schedule C1 (West Sechelt) See Schedule C2 (East Porpoise Bay/Sandy Hook/Tuwanek) See Schedule C3 (Selma Park, Davis Bay, Wilson Creek).

The OCP designates the following types of form and character development permits:

• DPA 6 Downtown Sechelt (in land use designation Downtown Centre)
• DPA 7 Multiple Family Residential
(more than 3 units, for multifamily designated or zoned lands)
• DPA 8 Intensive Residential and Infill Housing (for lands designated or zoned for small lot subdivision, clusterhousing, infill development, etc. for details see the OCP.)
• DPA 9 Commercial Areas (for any lands designated or zoned for commercial use)
• DPA 10 Business and Industry (for any lands designated or zoned for industrial use)

Development Variance Permit

 A Development Variance Permit is issued by Council, providing for a variance of bylaw requirements for your project. Land use, density and floodplain requirements cannot be varied. Any other requirement of the Zoning, Subdivision or Sign bylaws may be varied if Council feels that the reasons for the variation are appropriate. The brochure - A Guide to Development Variance Permits gives more information.

If you are considering to apply for a Development Variance Permit please contact Planning staff to discuss your ideas before making an application.