Victoria, BC – The CRD has adopted 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 were approved by the BC Ministry of Community and Rural Development and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure prior to final adoption by the CRD Board.
The lands West of Sooke are mainly a combination of crown forest land and privately managed forest land, with small portions of privately held parcels. The bylaws provide land use, subdivision and planning regulations for the area.“The adoption of these bylaws is a great achievement for the CRD as a region,” 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 bylaws’ primary intent are 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. 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.
“The passage of the OCP and Rural Resource Bylaw was a result of incredibly hard work by CRD planners, who worked witha flexible general public and supportive team of CRD Board directors,” said JDF Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks. ”I am proud to be part of this process, relieved that it is complete and delighted with the outcome."
For further information, please visit CRD Juan de Fuca.
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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD