Rural Bridesville Land Use Planning

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Open House for the Rural Bridesville Zoning Bylaw (No. 1815) being held at the Bridesville Community Hall, November 30, 2022.

The Board of Directors asked staff to gather more information from the public on the Zoning Bylaw, including further changes that could be made.

On November 30, the following is scheduled:

4:00 to 5:00pm - Planning staff will be available at the Hall to speak with individuals or small groups who have questions or comments about the plan.

6:00 to 7:00pm - Planning staff will make a presentation followed by a Q&A. Staff and a facilitator will record comments made. Comments will be considered in revisions made in the plan.


The RDKB Board of Directors delayed third reading of the Rural Bridesville Zoning Bylaw (No. 1815) pending further public consultation. The zoning bylaw regulates uses, density, setback distances and height of structures.

Planning Staff will meet with the Steering Committee to discuss what was heard at the Public Hearing in August. Based on those discussions, changes will be proposed to the Zoning Bylaw, then these changes will be presented to the public for comment at an Open House.

Based on what is heard at the Open House, further changes could be made. The revised bylaw will be considered by the Board of Directors.

The Board may then instruct Planning Staff to hold a second Public Hearing. Based on comments received at the Public Hearing, the Board would consider whether to adopt the bylaw.


The RDKB Board of Directors adopted the Rural Bridesville Official Community Plan (1800) on September 28, 2022.

The Rural Bridesville Official Community Plan applies to an area that lies between the US border to the south; the boundary with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen to the west; the Mt. Baldy land use area to the north and Canyon Bridge to the east. This is the same area as what would be in the Zoning Bylaw.

The Plan Area does NOT INCLUDE lands outside the area highlighted on this map. There are no plans to expand to other portions of Electoral Area E/West Boundary as there are 10 other bylaw reviews in the work plan for the Planning and Development Department. Each bylaw review takes approximately 2 years to complete.


Planning helps a community influence how development occurs. An official community plan outlines a community vision and policies, giving the RDKB guidance on what to include in other bylaws and what to communicate to Provincial agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests and the Agricultural Land Commission. A zoning bylaw sets out permitted and prohibited land uses and minimum lot sizes for subdivision. These two bylaws help influence what can happen where on a landscape, on private and public land.

Amendments can be applied for to change bylaws once they are adopted. Amendments are applied for through the planning department and a public hearing is part of the process. These public hearings would allow community members to have input on what amendments are approved and therefore what changes occur in the community. For more information see How to Apply for OCP and Zoning Bylaw Amendments.


If you're looking for further information about any of the above please email Liz Moore at srplanner@rdkb.com or plandept@rdkb.com.

Open House for the Rural Bridesville Zoning Bylaw (No. 1815) being held at the Bridesville Community Hall, November 30, 2022.

The Board of Directors asked staff to gather more information from the public on the Zoning Bylaw, including further changes that could be made.

On November 30, the following is scheduled:

4:00 to 5:00pm - Planning staff will be available at the Hall to speak with individuals or small groups who have questions or comments about the plan.

6:00 to 7:00pm - Planning staff will make a presentation followed by a Q&A. Staff and a facilitator will record comments made. Comments will be considered in revisions made in the plan.


The RDKB Board of Directors delayed third reading of the Rural Bridesville Zoning Bylaw (No. 1815) pending further public consultation. The zoning bylaw regulates uses, density, setback distances and height of structures.

Planning Staff will meet with the Steering Committee to discuss what was heard at the Public Hearing in August. Based on those discussions, changes will be proposed to the Zoning Bylaw, then these changes will be presented to the public for comment at an Open House.

Based on what is heard at the Open House, further changes could be made. The revised bylaw will be considered by the Board of Directors.

The Board may then instruct Planning Staff to hold a second Public Hearing. Based on comments received at the Public Hearing, the Board would consider whether to adopt the bylaw.


The RDKB Board of Directors adopted the Rural Bridesville Official Community Plan (1800) on September 28, 2022.

The Rural Bridesville Official Community Plan applies to an area that lies between the US border to the south; the boundary with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen to the west; the Mt. Baldy land use area to the north and Canyon Bridge to the east. This is the same area as what would be in the Zoning Bylaw.

The Plan Area does NOT INCLUDE lands outside the area highlighted on this map. There are no plans to expand to other portions of Electoral Area E/West Boundary as there are 10 other bylaw reviews in the work plan for the Planning and Development Department. Each bylaw review takes approximately 2 years to complete.


Planning helps a community influence how development occurs. An official community plan outlines a community vision and policies, giving the RDKB guidance on what to include in other bylaws and what to communicate to Provincial agencies, such as the Ministry of Forests and the Agricultural Land Commission. A zoning bylaw sets out permitted and prohibited land uses and minimum lot sizes for subdivision. These two bylaws help influence what can happen where on a landscape, on private and public land.

Amendments can be applied for to change bylaws once they are adopted. Amendments are applied for through the planning department and a public hearing is part of the process. These public hearings would allow community members to have input on what amendments are approved and therefore what changes occur in the community. For more information see How to Apply for OCP and Zoning Bylaw Amendments.


If you're looking for further information about any of the above please email Liz Moore at srplanner@rdkb.com or plandept@rdkb.com.

Q&A

If you have questions for the Land Use Plan project team, please send them our way. 

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    Having read through the Draft Plan I noted that the Naturo Springs facility is defined as "WATER BOTTLING FACILITY means the use of a building for the production, bottling and storage of water, and which may manufacture the bottles required for the operations." I've noted the fact that Bevcanna Enterprises is utilizing the facility for the manufacturing of both non cannabis and cannabis beverages. Is this not outside of the intended use of the facilities? i.e. bottled water. I also noted they have installed extensive cannabis growing operations directly within and through the Nine Mile Creek riparian zones. Was this operation permitted? The Nine Mile Creek watercourse is still distinctly seen in Google Earth. I look forward to your response. Thank you

    Brian J asked 9 months ago

    Apologies for not responding sooner and thank you for your question.

    To answer your first question, I would say that this definition does not include anything beyond the bottling of water in that facility. So, as you say, the bottling of cannabis beverages is outside the intended use. However, as the Land Use Plan has not been enacted by the Board of Directors and it is still in draft form, it does not have any regulatory force. 

    The difference between what is occurring on the property and what will be permitted with zoning may require further examination prior to considering adoption of the plan. 

    Once the plan is implemented, uses that have been legally established on a parcel can continue as non-conforming uses until the use stops for a continuous 6 month period.

    To answer your second question, for cannabis growing in the Nine Mile Creek riparian zone, the Riparian Area Protection Regulation (RAPR) does not apply within the RDKB and so there is no protection of riparian areas. Provincial protection applies to areas below the high water mark. 

    Protection of riparian area could be implemented in the land use plan with the creation of a development permit area to protect riparian areas within the plan area, however at this stage that has not been included in the plan. 

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    Have comments regarding the "Draft Rural Bridesville Land Use Plan" been removed?

    Hill asked almost 2 years ago

    The comments posted in the Guestbook are still under that tab, which can be found here: https://jointheconversation.rdkb.com/rural-bridesville-land-use-plan?tool=guest_book#tool_tab . There were questions asked in those comments, that could not be answered using that tool, so we highlighted the Questions tool to allow for more dialogue. 

    All comments and questions asked on this site will be included in material in an engagement summary that will be used to craft the plan and help inform any decisions made concerning this planning process.

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    where do I find the definitions of the land use as per the map? What is Ag resource, rural resource etc

    Dina asked over 2 years ago

    In the document library, you can find a copy of the Draft Plan. In the Draft Plan there are corresponding land use designations and zones for each of the ones shown on the maps. There are descriptions in the plan of what lands are included in each designation/zone, the objectives and policies for those areas and proposed permitted uses. This may help answer what is meant by ag resource, rural resource.  If you have other questions, post them here, or contact Liz Moore, Senior Planner, srplanner@rdkb.com, 250-368-0252.

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