Active Development Applications
Below are lists of development applications currently in process, listed by Electoral Area. Files are processed in the order they are received. Check this page periodically for updates. You may also use the button on the right to see Major Development Applications on planyourcowichan.ca
Please Note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Committee and Board meetings are currently being held electronically and live-streamed via the CVRD meeting portal: https://cvrd.primegov.com/public/portal
Agricultural Land Reserve Referrals
Much of the agricultural land in BC is within the Agricultural Land Reserve and is subject to additional regulations. The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission is the approving authority for Agricultural Land Reserve application and submits referrals to the CVRD for comment.
Board of Variance
The board of variance focuses primarily on hardship relating to matters such as siting, dimensions and size of buildings. The board may grant a variance if they find that compliance with the bylaw would cause undue hardship and have considered the following factors and are of the opinion that the variance does not:
Development Permits may be required prior to obtaining a building permit or subdivision approval. To determine whether your project requires a development permit, please visit our web map.
Development Variance Permits
A Development Variance Permit (DVP) is a tool used by local governments to 'vary' or relax a regulation. While certain regulations such as a setback can be varied, keep in mind that use and/or density cannot be varied.
(note: a list will appear below if a Notice of Proposed Development Variance Permit has been mailed to adjacent property owners).
A rezoning application changes how a property can be used or developed. The purpose of rezoning is to change land use regulations to allow development that aligns with CVRD Board priorities and is often used to secure development contributions to help provide public amenities.
Subdivision is the process of altering legal property boundaries. It usually involves the dividing of a property into smaller lots but can also include the realignment of existing property lines or the consolidation of two or more lots into one. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is the approving authority for Subdivision applications and submits referrals to CVRD for comment.