Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Planning & Development

What is happening?

Through the course of the recent application to amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow for a towing, salvage/wrecking and impound business in the rural residential area west of Fort Nelson, it was recognized that the bylaw includes aspects that are challenging to interpret and apply, especially with regard to permitted uses in rural residential zones. As a result, it was suggested that a review be undertaken of the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw, with associated policies to address a number of areas of inconsistency. Some of the potential areas for improvement include:

  • Additional clarity on policy direction (e.g. permitted uses, home-based businesses and the enforcement of bylaw provisions);
  • More explicit regulation in the NRRM’s bylaws, to ensure easier understanding of regulations and fair and consistent application.

At the January 14th Regional Council meeting, Council approved a review of the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and associated policies.  A detailed work plan, including such items as timelines and specific engagement activities for example will be provided to Council for review and approval by mid-February.


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What is Planning?

The Planning Department is responsible for zoning, development applications, subdivisions (including rural subdivisions) and other land-use related activities.  If you are planning any development in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, we are here to help.  Be sure to come see us BEFORE you get too far along in your plans!

The Planning Department utilizes some key documents to inform decisions:

Guides for Applicants

The Planning Department has developed guides to assist applicants.  In addition to those below, find the full offering of Planning Guides here.  Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

Rural Subdivision Standards

Until the NRRM creates and adopts our own rural subdivision standards, we will be using Ministry of Transportation (MoT) subdivision standards for rural subdivisions.  Until such time, applicants may use the MoT guide for reference.  Please contact us further details.

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