1980 Millstream Road
Highlands BC V9B 6H1
Phone: 250-474-1773 Fax: 250-474-3677
The Planning Department handles various applications including: development permit and development variance permit applications, as well as rezoning and Official Community Plan Amendment applications.
“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.”
– Excerpt from OCP Vision Statement
The two major documents that guide community development and regulate land use matters are the Official Community Plan and the Zoning Bylaw (Zoning Map) ( requires update after Bylaw No. 344 was adopted Jan. 7, 2013 ).
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.
If you have any questions about land use matters, feel free to email Laura Beckett. If you have any questions specifically about subdivision regulations, you can also email Heinz Burki or reach him directly at the District Office on Tuesdays only.
Working Near a Riparian area? There are some Municipal and Provincial Regulations you need to be aware of... click HERE for the District of Highlands' information, and HERE for the Province's information pamphlet.
Public Hearing Page
Regional Growth Strategy Reports
Nature Conservancy Covenant Information
Covenants on land registered with the Nature Conservancy of Canada
Ground Water Protection Study:
A Comprehensive Groundwater Study has been underway since September 2007. Golder Associates is the consultant tasked with the work. Progress has been monitored by the District’s Groundwater Task Force
Groundwater Protection Study - Phase 1
Groundwater Protection Study - Phase 2
Groundwater Protection Study - Phase 3
Part 1- ES - Table of Contents - Glossary | Part 2 - Report | Part 3 - References and Tables |
Part 4 - Figures | Part 5 - Appendices A and B| Part 6 - Appendix C | Part 7 - Appendices D to H
West Nile Virus - Mosquito Survey Update:
The District has contracted with D.G. Regan and Associates to continue with past work in this regard. By continual monitoring, we are keeping our community at low risk for West Nile Virus. If you have any questions, please phone Laura Beckett at the District Office at 250-474-1773.
For general information on West Nile Virus, please click here:West Nile Virus. For the BC Centre for Disease Control's 2009 surveillance data of West Nile Virus in BC, please click HERE