Temporary Use Permits
Legislative changes enacted in 1985 granted local governments across British Columbia the ability to issue “Temporary Use Permits” (TUP). These permits could be used to make a short-term exception to the zoning of a property and allow for an industrial or commercial use to occur on a site.
In 2010, further legislative changes increased the time period that a TUP could be valid for (from 2 to 3 years), and also removed the restriction on TUPs being used only for commercial or industrial uses, meaning permits could now be considered for residential, institutional and agricultural uses, etc.
While the Village of Keremeos has not previously availed itself of the authority to issue TUPs, this type of permit is seen to provide — in certain circumstances — a more flexible option than rezoning, particularly when Council is being asked to consider a transitional use or a use where uncertainty exists respecting its appropriateness or long-term viability.
In order to issue a TUP, the Local Government Act requires that Council designate those areas of the Village in which it is willing to consider such a permit and to establish guidelines regarding the criteria to be used when assessing applications for a TUP.
Accordingly, it is being proposed to designate the whole of the Village of Keremeos as an area in which TUPs may be issued, and to amend the Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw by introducing a set of new objectives and policies dealing with how Council will consider future applications for a TUP.
The following is a copy of the proposed text to be introduced into the OCP Bylaw and the Village of Keremeos is interested in receiving feedback from residents on these proposed change. Feedback forms can be downloaded by accessing the following link: Feedback Form.
Council’s policies are as follows:
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