Whether you are interested in major development projects, housing construction or buying or selling property, this information is designed to help guide you through what types of development may be permitted on a particular parcel of land within the Regional District.
Zoning Bylaws divide the Regional District into different land use "zones" and the Zoning Bylaw specifies the permitted uses and required standards of each zone.
Type of information found within a Zoning Bylaw:
- Permitted uses of the land
- Density regulations
- Setbacks to property lines
- Maximum lot coverage
- Maximum building height
- Subdivision regulations
- and more..
The Fraser Valley Regional District is split into eight distinct Electoral Areas with nine different zoning bylaws to govern them. To find out what zoning applies to your property follow the "What's My Zoning [PDF - 553 KB]" guide.
Geo-Hazard Reports in the FVRD
Do you need to provide a geo-hazard report for your development project? What does this mean and what's required? The FVRD has requirements for geo-hazard reports in order to ensure safe development and minimize risk to buildings, infrastructure and occupants. Learn more by visting our Geo-Hazard Report section.
Other elements that can affect the development of land in the Regional District are whether the parcel is subject to hazardous conditions. Some examples of hazardous conditions are: flooding, mud flows, debris flows, erosion, rock falls, and avalanches.
If your property contains one or more of these hazardous conditions, then you may have to apply for a Development Permit in conjunction with your building permit to ensure that the site is safe for the use intended.
Flooding is a widespread and common hazard in the Fraser Valley, resulting from heavy rainfall and snowmelt. When a watercourse overflows its banks, floodplains store the water until it is able to move downstream or be absorbed into the ground.
Proposed construction within a known floodplain may have to be elevated in order to achieve a level of safety deemed necessary for any occupants; this is called a Flood Construction Level (FCL). For further information, review the Fraser Valley Regional District's Floodplain Bylaw.
Riparian Areas Development (RAR)
A vast majority of the watercourses within the Regional District, either directly or indirectly, provide natural features, functions and conditions that support fish life processes. The Fish Protection Act and Riparian Areas Regulation [PDF - 2.6 MB] require local governments to protect these streams with respect to residential, commercial and industrial development.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas
The Fraser Valley Regional District's natural ecosystems require special protection in order to maintain and promote the health of their biological diversity. These areas are specifically important for wintering migration and / or breeding habitats for salmon, sturgeon, aquatic birds, bald eagles and upland wildlife, and as such these areas have been designated for conservation.
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