Written Approvals in Controlled Areas
Enquire at the Planning Department of your local government body to see:
If ministry approval is necessary contact the ministry office early in your design process, prepare plans of your development proposal and make application to your local government to rezone the property. Your local government representatives will refer your application to the appropriate office of the Ministry for our approval.
(1) Access and Infrastructure Design: Access to the land within the controlled area must not be in conflict with the ministry's Planning and Designing Access to Developments manual and the Transportation Association of Canada Manual (TAC Guide).
The district approvals technician also considers the impact of additional traffic to the current roadway design. The vertical and horizontal alignment of the highway due to topographical constraints may make it very difficult to develop a safe and viable access to the highway system. Specifically, the proposal must satisfy the following criteria for the Ministry to grant approval:
(2) Property Development: Property development within the controlled area must not be in conflict with the ministry's Planning and Designing Access to Developments manual and the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) Manual.
These requirements specifically ask for the following:
(3) Infrastructure Capacity: In considering roadway capacity, the district approvals technician contemplates the ability of the highway to accommodate additional traffic as the result of a land use change. Proposed zoning bylaws within the controlled area that the municipality wants rezoned must protect the roadway capacity and must not be in conflict with the the ministry's Planning and Designing Access to Developments manual and the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) manual. The following criteria meet the requirements:
Approval of a Bylaw
If the proposal is acceptable, the bylaw will be signed by our appointed representative and returned to the local government office. You will also be asked to sign an agreement to conditions of approval and implementation of the project.
If your local government's elected body supports your proposal and we have approved the bylaw, they may then adopt it.
This guide is a living document; it is subject to change without notice. Please check the Rural Subdivisions Website (http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/permits/Subdibision_Home.asp) to make sure you version is sufficiently current.