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Development & Engineering Services » Development

Environmentally Sensitive Areas

Information for Kamloops Property Owners adjacent to Environmentally Sensitive Areas

What is the City of Kamloops proposing?
The City wishes to establish a new city-wide Development Permit Area for Environmentally Sensitive Lands encompassing select properties. This notice is intended to advise residents of these properties of an upcoming Public Hearing at which City Council will be considering the adoption of new guidelines for properties identified in the Environmentally Sensitive area.

Notice Map Environmentally Sensitive Areas - PDFs

What properties are affected?
The Map below shows the affected properties. If you received a letter and a report in the mail then your property is in the new development permit area.

Why is the City doing this?
Over the past 15 years, Kamloops has experienced rapid and extensive residential growth, particularly in areas such as Aberdeen, Juniper, and Batchelor Heights. Most of this growth abuts areas identified as Environmentally Sensitive within the Official Community Plan. Therefore, anticipated new growth in these areas will place pressure on predominantly undisturbed ecosystems.

The City of Kamloops has identified environmental protection as a priority through a number of policy documents and planning processes, including: the Official Community Plan, the Aberdeen Plan, the North Shore Neighbourhood Plan, and the Juniper Neighbourhood Plan; the preparation of the Sustainable Kamloops Plan; and the objectives identified in both the Council and Corporate Strategic Plans.

What does this mean for affected properties?
Most development within the identified Environmentally Sensitive Lands will require a Council process to gain permission to develop. Specific reports may need to be submitted to administration and Council addressing issues such as: steep slopes, vegetation, grasslands, wildlife corridors, areas that should be set aside from development, and ecosystems needing protection.

Environmental protection on a larger scale is important within urban areas, particularly areas that are experiencing steady growth and placing additional pressures on local ecosystems. Environmental protection is critical on a site-by-site basis to ensure that cumulative decisions are not negatively impacting important ecosystems.

Randy Lambright, Planning and Development Manager
105 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2C6
ph 250-828-3561
fax 250-828-3848

Note: All correspondence is entered into our system and will be directed accordingly. The City of Kamloops will endeavor to contact you within two business days. Thank you.