Planning and Development

The Planning Department handles various applications, including: development permit and development variance permit applications, as well as rezoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) Amendment Applications.

The Planning Department is responsible for all aspects of planning, including processing all rezoning, development permit, development variance permit, and OCP Amendment Applications. The planner is available to answer planning related questions regarding environmentally sensitive development permit areas, future development potential, and zoning of land within the district. Laura will also be able to discuss trails, parks, and recreation throughout the district.

Land Use Matters
The two major documents that guide community development and regulate land use matters are the Official Community Plan and the Zoning Bylaw (Zoning Map).

If you have any questions about land use matters and/or subdivision regulations, feel free to email Laura Beckett

Various Planning Information


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Vision Statement

“The Highlands is a primarily residential community, rural in nature, and blessed with an exceptional abundance of scenic beauty, native plant and animal life, and public parkland. Those of us who live here place high value on the natural environment and our rural lifestyle. Highlanders are actively involved in the community, which fosters a spirit that is both self-reliant and cooperative.”