Why do I Need Subdivision Approval?

The subdivision approval process enables the District of Peachland to ensure that new lots are created in a manner that is beneficial to the overall well-being of the community and in compliance with applicable bylaws, regulations and procedures.

The Local Government Act, Land Title Act and the District of Peachland Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw regulate the subdivision of land. The Land Title Act provides for the appointment of Approving Officers who are responsible for administering any application to subdivide lands. All requests for subdivision in the District of Peachland must be processed through the subdivision approval process and approved by the Approving Officer. City Council has no authority with respect to the subdivision of land.

The Approving Officer ensures that each subdivision meets the requirements of the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaws. Matters of lot size, road widths, access, road and park dedication and works and services such as water, sewer, stormwater management and other utilities are considered by the Approving Officer. The Approving Officer is charged with protecting sensitive environments and the community from natural hazards through the application of Official Community Plan Development Permit Area guidelines, Provincial regulations where applicable and sound subdivision practices. The Approving Officer is also responsible for protecting the future development potential of adjacent lands, most particularly with respect to the provision of legal road access.

There is a wide range of both provincial and local government legislation and regulations taken into consideration in assessing a subdivision application including, but not limited to:

Local Government

Provincial Government