Plans & Zoning

Official Community Plan bylaws set out a long-term vision for a community and establish community goals, objectives and policies for achieving that vision. An Official Community Plan bylaw provides a policy framework to guide land use and development decision making of the regional district, other government agencies, businesses and land owners. Zoning bylaws are a planning tool for implementing an official community plan and regulating land use. 

For more details about building and development in the qRD, visit Land Use and Development Resources webpage (click here)

For more details about the qRD including population, services or geographic area, visit About the qRD webpage (click here).

For more details about cannabis business activities, review the qRD’s Cannabis Business Related Policy (click here).

Electoral Area A

Electoral Area B

Electoral Area C

Electoral Area D (Texada Island)

Electoral Area E (Lasqueti Island) see Islands Trust


Application Forms

 The Development Services Procedures Bylaw sets out procedures under which an owner of land may apply for an amendment to an official community plan or zoning bylaw or for a development permit. The Board of Variance Bylaw provides citizens with an avenue for appeal on the interpretation and strict application of certain zoning regulations under specific circumstances defined in the Local Government Act.

*Note for Riparian Area Regulations (RAR): Vancouver Island University’s Natural Resources Extension Program has created a list of participants who may be Qualified Environmental Professionals to assist in your RAR application. Visit the university’s webpage for the  “List of Course Participants” found at the bottom of the Natural Resources Extension Program page for participant contacts.