Official Community Plan (OCP) & Zoning Bylaw Update
The Village of Keremeos is updating the Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw to make sure that they are clear, consistent and work together to further the long-term goals and objectives of the community.
This update is not proposing a major overhaul. The OCP Bylaw assumes that the community vision statement and broad goals contained in the current OCP Bylaw (No. 807, 2013) remain unchanged. A summary of some of the changes proposed within Draft OCP Bylaw No. 850 is as follows:
While the proposed changes to the zoning bylaw are more extensive in terms of the overall number of amendments, the intent is generally not to adversely impact permitted uses or densities. A summary of some of the proposed changes is as follows:
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is the vision a community has for its future. It contains goals and policies that will shape future land use in a way that reflects the community's vision. These goals and policies form a framework used by Council, Village staff, other agencies and the community to guide their decisions about future land use.
The current OCP Bylaw No. 807 was adopted at Council’s meeting of July 15, 2013, and replaced the previous OCP Bylaw No. 675, 2004. It is considered good practice to review an OCP Bylaw every 7-10 years to ensure that it is reflective of how the community’s long-term vision for growth and development.
Zoning Bylaws are used to implement Council’s land use planning vision as expressed in its OCP Bylaw, and may support community sustainability and resilience goals. More specifically, zoning bylaws regulate how land, buildings and other structures may be used.
The current Zoning Bylaw No. 778 was adopted at Council’s meeting of November 7, 2011 (prior to the adoption of the current OCP Bylaw), and replaced the previous Zoning Bylaw No. 678, 2004. Since its adoption, the bylaw has been formally amended at least 22 times, with those amendments affecting numerous regulations within the bylaw.
Draft OCP & Zoning Bylaws
The following are draft versions of OCP Bylaw No. 850 and Zoning Bylaw No. 851:
Draft Village of Keremeos Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 850 (annotated version)
Schedule ‘B’ (OCP Map)
Schedule ‘C’ (Hazard Lands Map – Flood & Steep Slope)
Schedule ‘D’ (Hazard Lands Map – Fire)
Schedule ‘E’ (Transportation Network Map)
Schedule ‘F’ (Watercourse Development Permit Area Map)
Schedule ‘G’ (Parks and Trails Map)
Draft Village of Keremeos Zoning Bylaw No. 851 (annotated version)
Schedule ‘B’ (Zoning Map)
Schedule ‘C’ (Floodplain Map)
Due to the on-going provincial health emergency (COVID-19) and restrictions on in-person meetings, the Village is currently reviewing options for electronic consultation opportunities and controlled in-person meetings. Once finalized, details of these meetings will be posted to this web-page (NOTE: it is currently anticipated that the soonest this may happen will be September / October of 2020).
In the interim, residents are encouraged to provide written feedback on the draft bylaws by email (email@example.com), fax (250-499-5477) or by post (702 4th Street, Keremeos, Box 160, BC, V0X-1N0). Feedback forms can be accessed here
Comparison Tables – Zoning Bylaw 778 (2011) versus Zoning Bylaw 851 (2020):
Low Density Residential Zones:
Medium Density Residential Zones:
Village Centre Zones:
Administrative, Institutional & Cultural Zones:
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Zones: