Planning applications are formal requests by land owners to make changes to a property such as rezoning a property, developing a property or proposing to use a property in a way that is outside the regulations of formal land use plans such as the Zoning Bylaw No. 520 and Rural Comox Valley Official Community Plan. All planning and development applications within the Comox Valley Regional District are subject to the Comox Valley Regional District Planning Procedures and Fees Bylaw No. 328.
The information below provides an overview of the types of planning applications. Please note that K'ómoks First Nation has enacted a Cultural Heritage Investigation Permit (CHIP) which is required for development works within a certain proximity of watercourses and all areas of potential archaeological significance. For more information the CHIP and the planning and development application process, visit our Submit a Planning Application page.
Types of Applications
An applicant can submit this application to propose a change to the land use of a property. For example, to change from a residential zone to a commercial or industrial zone, or to increase the density (i.e. number of permitted dwellings on a lot).To submit this application, an applicant must supply the following documents:
- Pre-application consultation request form
- Completed application form
- Land title: CVRD staff will pull the land title
Proposal including any applicable professional reports and site plans: an applicant can hire a surveyor or other professional to create the reports/site plans that are required
Development Permit (DPs)
Development Permits are generally required to either ensure the protection of the natural environment from development, protect development from hazardous conditions or ensure a consistent approach to the form and character of certain developments.
Below you can find out about each development permit, and what you need to submit the application. All requirements are listed in more detail in the Rural Comox Valley Official Community Plan. Applicants are encouraged to discuss any specific needs/questions with a member of the Planning team.
Types of Development Permits
Variance & Types of Variances
Variances are requests to make exceptions to the rules and regulations set out in the Comox Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 520. Below you can find out about variances and what you need to submit an application.