Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Regional Development & Planning

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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.

Click here for more information on land use and planning in the Northern Rockies.

 

This Department is divided into

Regional Economic Development and Tourism

The role of Regional Economic Development and Tourism focuses on strengthening the economic base of the town of Fort Nelson and outlying communities of the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, crossing all sectors. A wide range of infrastructure issues are addressed, which contributes to the overall 'climate' for business in the community.  Communication with local business, industry, government agencies and trade organizations helps this division to plan, organize and manage various projects designed to positively impact our local region and economy. Please go to the Business section of this website to access services and information from this department.

During the summer months, with the heavy tourist traffic generated by the Alaska Highway, the department oversees the contract for the Visitor Information Centre (operated by the Fort Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce) and other tourism programs, providing a unique overview of the Regional Municipality.

The Tourism Northern Rockies website provides up-to-date information for visitors to the North or see the Visitors section for tourism services and related information.

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Planning

The role of regional Planning is to promote best planning practices through the provision of information and service to Regional Council, the development community and the general public. This can take many forms, but typically includes:

  • providing Regional Council with advice and recommendations on planning matters;
  • undertaking land use related studies;
  • carrying out delegated authorities on behalf of Regional Council, such as processing development applications; and
  • providing land related information to Regional Council, agencies, and the public.

Generally the Planning department's  tasks are divided between 5 major functions:

  • Current Planning,
  • Long Range Planning,
  • Building Inspection (For more information, see the Publications & Development Guides page),
  • Business Licensing and
  • Mapping services.

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