Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District Board has passed bylaws pertaining to planning in the Juan de Fuca (JDF) Rural Resource Lands. The Rural Resource Lands Bylaw and the Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaws cover the forest and resource lands west of Sooke in the JDF Electoral Area. The bylaws will now proceed to the Ministry of Community Services for ratification into law.
The lands West of Sooke are mainly a combination of crown forest land and private tree farm license land, with small portions of privately held parcels. The bylaws provide land use, subdivision and planning regulations for the area. “I am pleased to see these bylaws pass final approval,” said CRD Board Chair Geoff Young. “They will ensure the protection of our rural resource lands into the future, supporting a variety of uses and maintaining the rural character of the area.”
The primary intent of the bylaws is to protect the area’s natural resources in the context of resource and economic uses, maintain rural atmosphere and protect the environment. The bylaws accommodate resource extraction, tourism, residential and recreational uses in appropriate locations. Forms of development that increase demands for services and infrastructure and that negatively impact the rural resource nature of the area are not supported.
Minimum parcel sizes for subdivision purposes are set at 120 hectares for the Resource Lands, where lands have been removed from Private Managed Forest land status. The zoning will allow for one single-family dwelling per parcel and one secondary suit or detached accessory suite. For a number of parcels located in the Agricultural Land Reserve and Rural Resource Lands zones, the minimum parcel size for subdivision purposes is 4 hectares, with a maximum of one single-family dwelling and one secondary suite or detached accessory suite.
“Our next step for the JDF area will be to look at the Otter Point/Shirley Official Community Plans,” said JDF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks. “These areas contain lands that have been released from Tree Farm Licenses. The OCPs will need to receive input from the local planning committee, residents and developers in order to ensure that growth happens in a sustainable manner in these communities.”
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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD