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The Official Community Plan (OCP) provides general policy direction for the community of Quesnel. As a policy document, it sets out a land-use management strategy for Quesnel's growth.
The OCP delineates policy by which Quesnel City Council and the public can evaluate development proposals to ensure manageable and economically beneficial growth.
Development Permit areas and regulations are contained in the Official Community Plan.
Zoning amendments are required to comply with the OCP.
Official Community Plan Map - large file
Schedule C - Road Network
Development Permit Area Map (schedule F8)
The Consolidated Zoning Bylaw controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly:
The Zoning Bylaw also provides regulatory instruments for other items such as fencing, parking, and mandatory setbacks from streams and water bodies.
Zoning bylaws put the plan into effect and provide for its day-to-day administration. They contain specific requirements that are legally enforceable. Construction or new development that doesn't comply with a zoning bylaw is not allowed; the municipality will refuse to issue a building permit.
If you want to use or develop your property in a way that is not allowed by the zoning bylaw, you may apply for a zoning change, also known as a zoning bylaw amendment or rezoning. But Council can consider a change only if the new use is allowed by the OCP.
Some other options exist for minor variances for development that do not meet certain zoning requirements (such as siting and size). Regulations for use, density and maximum lot coverage however, can not be ‘varied’ through a variance permit. You are encouraged to contact the department to discuss the available options and requirements prior to submitting a variance permit or zoning amendment application.