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Development Permit and Temporary Use Permit Areas Standardization

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is reviewing development permit areas (DPAs) and temporary use permit areas (TUPs) within its electoral areas. This project will include a revision of existing DPAs and TUP areas for consistency and standardization in order to streamline the development process.

Join in and help us achieve our goal

Residents, development consultants, engineers, biologists and other consulting professionals are invited to learn about what the RDN is proposing to streamline DPAs and TUP areas. Learn, offer input and participate in the process by providing direction and insight.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications.

  • Please explore this webpage to find out more. Read the FAQs, and access the reports in the document library. Content will be added as the project progresses
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.
  • Provide your comments.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

The Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) is reviewing development permit areas (DPAs) and temporary use permit areas (TUPs) within its electoral areas. This project will include a revision of existing DPAs and TUP areas for consistency and standardization in order to streamline the development process.

Join in and help us achieve our goal

Residents, development consultants, engineers, biologists and other consulting professionals are invited to learn about what the RDN is proposing to streamline DPAs and TUP areas. Learn, offer input and participate in the process by providing direction and insight.

How you can be involved, find out more or provide feedback

Please register (tab at the top right of this page). By registering you will be kept up-to-date with progress on this project through our electronic communications.

  • Please explore this webpage to find out more. Read the FAQs, and access the reports in the document library. Content will be added as the project progresses
  • Ask us a question in the Q & A section below and we will respond.
  • Provide your comments.

The RDN looks forward to your participation.

  • February 2018 - Regional District of Nanaimo Board Meeting

    4 months ago

    At the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Regional Board approved the initiation of the "Development Permit and Temporary Use Permit Areas Standardization” project including associated amendments to official community plans and zoning bylaws. Furthermore, at this meeting, the Regional Board approved the Terms of Reference, including the Consultation Plan for the “Development Permit and Temporary Use Permit Areas Standardization”, project.


    At the Regular Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Regional Board approved the initiation of the "Development Permit and Temporary Use Permit Areas Standardization” project including associated amendments to official community plans and zoning bylaws. Furthermore, at this meeting, the Regional Board approved the Terms of Reference, including the Consultation Plan for the “Development Permit and Temporary Use Permit Areas Standardization”, project.


  • Fall 2017 - Regional District of Nanaimo 2017 Operational Plan

    4 months ago

    A review of development permit areas to streamline development processes is identified in the RDN 2017 Operational Plan as an action to support the RDN 2016-2020 Strategic Plan's focus on service and organizational excellence and focus on the environment.

    A review of development permit areas to streamline development processes is identified in the RDN 2017 Operational Plan as an action to support the RDN 2016-2020 Strategic Plan's focus on service and organizational excellence and focus on the environment.

  • Project Background

    3 days ago

    A DPA is an important tool used in the development process to protect the natural environment, to protect development from hazardous conditions, to guide the form and character of development, to promote energy or water conservation, or to promote reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The RDN designates DPAs in its seven official community plans (OCPs) for a variety of purposes as enabled by the Local Government Act. In an area where a DPA is designated, a development permit must first be obtained prior to certain types of development such as subdivision, construction, or land alteration. A map in the...

    A DPA is an important tool used in the development process to protect the natural environment, to protect development from hazardous conditions, to guide the form and character of development, to promote energy or water conservation, or to promote reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The RDN designates DPAs in its seven official community plans (OCPs) for a variety of purposes as enabled by the Local Government Act. In an area where a DPA is designated, a development permit must first be obtained prior to certain types of development such as subdivision, construction, or land alteration. A map in the OCP indicates where the DPA is designated and text of the DPA indicates for what types of development a permit is required.

    In the RDN, there are currently forty-nine development permit areas in seven OCPs adopted between 1997 and 2017. Due to changes to best practices, experience of working with existing DPAs and changes in the region, the DPA guidelines established for the same purpose vary from one area to another.

    All seven OCPs designate TUP areas but vary in terminology, uses and conditions. Standardizing DPAs and TUP areas will ensure today's best practices are adopted throughout the electoral areas which will result in consistent requirements for applicants and a more effective means of implementing the of the DPAs.