The Peachland Planning and Development Services Department is responsible for land use planning, development, building inspection and bylaw enforcement. This Department addresses community and infrastructure planning, zoning, inspection services, building permits, business licences, development permits and subdivision through an independent Approving Officer.
Planning and Development Services is also responsible for appropriate environmental management practices according to Provincial and Federal Legislation. A Sustainable Action Plan and Energy Management Plan are being developed in 2009 further to the District being part of the BC Climate Action Charter with the Province of BC.
Planning focus is shifting to providing assistance to Council in managing growth and development in a smart, sustainable and orderly manner, in cooperation with Council, staff and community stakeholders. Sustainable development features of development and affordable housing are now being encouraged in all new developments, since approval of new OCP amendments in 2008.
Other initiatives taking place in 2009 include implementation of sustainable hillside regulations and guidelines in development regulations and the review of the zoning bylaw in 2009.
Building inspection will continue to monitor development and construction in the community, including tree removal and soil removal. Policies and procedures to help ensure equity and efficiency in all situations will continue to be fine-tuned.
The Building Inspector performs the additional role as our Bylaw Enforcement Officer and has the assistance of a contract Bylaw Officer during the summer period. The intent of the position is to provide fairness and harmony to local citizens and visitors by ensuring local legislation is adhered to when necessary. Bylaw enforcement generally uses mediation prior to issuance of a ticket or notice filed on title. Peachland is providing leadership towards organizing Municipalities in the Okanagan in partnership to put into place a new Bylaw Dispute Adjudication system under the Community Charter.