The Community Services Planning section can be involved in a variety of projects from policy development, to site planning, to improving regulations. The public is always an important participant in any planning process and input is sought in many different ways and at different times during the development of a plan or regulations.

There are a variety of current projects underway and public comments are always welcome.

The following provides more detailed information regarding some ongoing projects:


Regional Growth Strategy Monitoring Program

The development on an RGS Monitoring Program was identified in the 2017 Priority Projects Plan. The purpose of the program is to provide the foundation for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the RGS through the development of a set of measures that can be used to monitor progress.

The RDCO RGS Monitoring Program was endorsed by the Regional Board on October 10, 2019, and consists of two components:

1. A framework for monitoring impact on RGS goals consisting of 22 measures across the 10 RGS Issue Areas; and

2. A process for tracking Implementation, both of actionable policies identified in the RGS, as well as other regional and local initiatives that may contribute to the achievement of RGS goals.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Regional Housing Needs Assessment

One of the projects identified in the Regional Growth Strategy Priority Projects Plan is development of a Regional Housing Needs Assessment.  Access to affordable housing is a growing concern regionally as it is in much of the Province. The provision of affordable housing can come through a wide range of mechanisms and solutions.  Given the proximity of Central Okanagan communities and their integration through the transportation network, the supply and demand of the housing market is best considered at the regional level. With the larger regional situation defined, each community’s role in the contribution to the solution can be better understood, supporting a coordinated and consistent response toward regional housing goals

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment  was received and endorsed by the Regional Board on October 28, 2019.  The Assessment provides a descriptive analysis of the current housing needs and issues for the entire Central Okanagan, as well as housing highlights for each jurisdiction: two electoral areas, six First Nation reserve lands (including Westbank First Nation and Okanagan Indian Band), District of Peachland, City of West Kelowna, City of Kelowna, and District of Lake Country. 

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Regional Housing Strategy

The Regional Housing Strategy, a project identified in the Regional Growth Strategy Priority Projects Plan, is an opportunity to explore tools and actions that can address the housing needs and gaps identified in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.  

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section (250-469-6227).

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Zoning Bylaw No. 871 Annual Review and Update

Periodically, the Zoning Bylaw is reviewed and updated to reflect changing conditions.  Recommended changes are presented for consideration to the Regional Board.

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Regional Floodplain Management Plan

The completion of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan was the #1 Project identified within the Regional Growth Strategy Priority Projects Plan. Flooding is a serious concern for the Central Okanagan and its developed areas and will only become more with the effects of Climate Change. In response to this risk, the three-phase Regional Floodplain Management Plan has been initiated with the purpose of reducing flood risk, improving emergency response, and increasing resiliency to climate change.

Phase 1 of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan was completed in 2016 to identify potential flood hazards within the Regional District of Central Okanagan and establish the scope and priorities of Phase 2 and 3.

Phase 2 is ongoing and focused on delineation and confirmation of the flood-prone streams and floodplains identified in Phase 1. Through funding from RDCO, OBWB, UBCM and NDMP, plus partnerships with local government agencies, the following projects have been completed or are underway:

Phase 3 seeks to use the information collected through Phases 1 and 2 to create mitigation strategies. The project will include an extensive outreach component to gain input from member local governments, Syilx communities in the region, stakeholders and the public to ensure that the proposed mitigation options are acceptable and supported.

More information is available on the Central Okanagan Flood Mitigation Planning project (Phase 3) webpage.

For more information or copies of documentation, please visit or contact the Community Services Planning Section 250-469-6227.

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Okanagan Lake Protection Strategy

A substantial grant will help with the multi-year collaborative planning effort to protect the environmental and cultural values of Okanagan Lake and its watershed.

The Vancouver Foundation is providing $300,000 to the partnership that is developing the Okanagan Lake Responsibility Strategy:

The strategy will enhance the ways of caring for, protecting, and restoring the values and interests of the Okanagan Lake shoreline and watershed tributaries. When complete, the strategy will provide the knowledge and expertise to assist with new land-use planning decisions that support common, consistent, and collaborative approaches to protect shoreline natural areas, prepare for and mitigate climate impacts, and promote sustainable development.

The partnership is key to the projects' success and holds the greatest potential for finding solutions to complex land use issues. This initiative plans to shift the existing planning processes and outcomes through the support of project partners that include differing perspectives, a collective understanding, and a shared approach to the issues in the watershed.

It’s envisioned that communities across the Okanagan region and all levels of government will benefit from this unique, unified - Syilx led framework that aims to:

  • Address cumulative impacts of shoreline and upland development
  • Promote Best Management Practices and leadership in watershed governance
  • Provide learning and knowledge sharing opportunities

The initiative has received support from the Syilx Okanagan Nation, three Okanagan Regional Districts, and seven local governments. Other active partners include the Province of BC, the Okanagan Basin Water Board, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, UBC Okanagan, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada. 


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Aggregate Supply and Demand Update and Analysis 2013

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Central Okanagan Lake Foreshore Plan and Inventory Mapping

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Agriculture Plan

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Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide book

  • The Regional District of Central Okanagan participated along with other Okanagan local governments and agencies to prepare this Okanagan-Similkameen Rain Garden Guide Book to explain how we can improve the health of our watersheds in a world of climate change.

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State of the Basin report 2016

  • The State of the Basin Report is the product of an inter-regional initiative to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework intended to track progress on matters which are important to the Okanagan Valley as a whole. Partners in this initiative include the Regional Districts of North Okanagan (RDNO), Central Okanagan (RDCO), and Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS).

The monitoring and evaluation framework addresses the following Policy Areas:

    • Urban Containment & Rural Protection
    • Agriculture
    • Water Stewardship
    • Environment & Natural Lands
    • Economic Development
    • Transportation & Infrastructure
    • Housing
    • Climate Change & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Community Health and Wellbeing
    • Governance & Shared Services

Preparation of the State of the Basin Report was made possible with funding assistance provided by the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia and the Okanagan Basin Water Board. The partners also acknowledge and appreciate the professional consulting services provided by EcoPlan International Inc. and assistance provided by the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program, the Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, the Interior Health Authority, and numerous other agencies and individuals who contributed their time and expertise to the project..

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