The primary focus of the District of Coldstream Development
Services Department is to assist Council with managing growth and
development. The over-riding principle with respect to growth management
is to ensure new development complies with the provisions of the
Official Community Plan and is congruent with the District's long
range fiscal and other plans and policies. To that end, development
standards are held high. All new development is expected to achieve
those standards and add to the fabric of the community. The work
of the Development Services Department is ultimately linked to the
quality of life of our residents. In addition, the Department provides
resources to other departments and is an information provider to
the public and business sectors on economic development and growth-related
The Development Services Department's responsibilities
encompass several service areas: Long Range Policy Planning, Development
Review, Planning Information Services, Subdivision Approval, and
Bylaw Enforcement Related to Land Use.
Through various application processes, the development review
function results in recommendations being forwarded to Council
relating to development. Applications that are submitted to the
Development Services Officer include: Official Community Plan
amendments; Zoning Bylaw amendments; Development Permits; Development
Variance Permits; and Agricultural Land Reserve applications.
Staff is also responsible for Blanket Development Permit applications
for projects on a property having creek frontage.
Planning Information Services
The Development Services Officer provides information to residents,
developers, realtors and other government agencies. Through the
continual improvement of this website, more and more information
will be available on the web.
The Approving Officer reviews all subdivision applications to
ensure compliance with the Provincial Land Title Act and related
legislation, the District's Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw
and Subdivision and Development Services Bylaw. Subdivision includes
the creation of several properties from one or more existing properties,
the realignment of existing property lines, and the consolidation
of two or more properties into one.
Bylaw Enforcement Related to Land Use
The Bylaw Enforcement Officer manages bylaw enforcement on
issues related to land use (e.g. secondary suites). Bob Bibby
can be reached at 250-550-1510.
Advisory Planning Commission
The Advisory Planning Commission acts in an advisory capacity to Council on matters related to land use, community planning, and proposed bylaws and permits.
Craig Broderick, MCIP
Director of Development Services /Approving Officer
2. Can I have a secondary suite?
One secondary suite is permitted for each parcel with the Agricultural Land Reserve and, the secondary suite can only occur within a single family dwelling. Secondary suites are not permitted in any other area in Coldstream, inducing areas with residential zoning.
3. Can I get a 'plot plan' of a certain property?
Yes. If you provide an address or a legal description, we can provide
a copy of the Plan of Subdivision that created the lot in question.
However, we cannot provide a copy of the Surveyor's Certificate
(diagrams showing the house located on the lot), which is the property
of the owner and the surveyor.
4. Can I subdivide my property?
As specified in the Zoning Bylaw, each property has regulations
with respect to lot size, frontage and other considerations. Depending
upon the zoning, size and frontage, your property may be suitable
for subdivision. Additional considerations apply to properties within
the Agricultural Land Reserve. As with any form of development,
proponents are responsible for substantial costs. The costs include,
but are not limited to: application fees, Development Cost Charges,
on-site upgrades, inspection fees, and off-site upgrades. We suggest
that you contact the Development Services Officer to discuss the
matter. If you are unfamiliar with municipal approvals, we suggest
you retain the services of a professional who can assist you with
5. How do I have input into land use decisions
in the community and in my neighbourhood?
Depending upon the type of development, residents have a range of
opportunities to provide their input. With respect to major reviews
of the Official Community Plan, residents can participate in surveys,
workshops and Public Hearings. For site-specific items, residents
can provide input at the Public Hearing - either in person or by
writing to Council. Official Community Plan and Zoning amendments
are advertised in the local paper, and notice is sent to adjacent
We welcome residents to provide input on any community
issue at any time. You can call for an appointment to see the Development
Services Officer or other staff members. Alternatively, you can
e-mail us at
for land use related topics.