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Development Permits

The City of Dawson Creek has identified a number of development permit areas that it feels are important to apply additional development guidelines to. The Local Government Act states that if a property is situated within an identified development permit area, the property owner is required to obtain a development permit prior to the subdivision of land, construction of, addition to or alteration of a building or structure on the land, or the alteration of land within a designated development permit area. In some situations, exemption provisions may apply.

Natural Hazards Development Permit Area:

The Natural Hazards Development Permit Area encompasses a number of areas within the City of Dawson Creek that have the potential to constrain or have impacts on development. These include areas primarily prone to flooding, unstable or eroding lands extending along ravines, bluffs, rock faces and shorelines influenced by water.

The objectives of this designation are to:

  • Ensure that these areas are generally protected from development activities
  • Regulate development on lands of natural hazard in order to avoid property loss and maintain bank stability
  • Retain the natural features of these areas
  • Ensure that, where necessary, the design of development accommodates measures to protect the development from any natural hazards that may occur

Downtown Core Development Permit Area:

The Downtown Core Development Permit Area is located around 102nd Avenue between 17th Street and 6th Street. This area is the core of Dawson Creek and the hub of the community. Many events occur in the downtown core and the City is working hard to refresh and revitalize the downtown. The objectives of this designation are to:

  • Contribute to the downtown’s unique identity and sense of place
  • Create a vibrant, compact, walkable, accessible downtown with high quality design and construction
  • Ensure that developments are compatible in scale, form and character with the existing community and consistent with the desired future direction of downtown
  • Ensure that, where necessary, the design of development creates a suitable transition between adjacent different land uses or residential densities

Commercial Development Permit Area:

The Commercial Development Permit Area is located throughout the City of Dawson Creek and encompasses all commercial land uses within the City. This development permit area is intended to ensure that commercial development is undertaken in a manner that results in high-quality, visually appealing developments that encourage the establishment of new business and retention of existing businesses, local shopping opportunities and provide for a safe, accessible and attractive environment for residents and visitors. The objectives of this designation are to:

  • Ensure that all new commercial developments meet a high standard of visual quality and a high standard of construction quality
  • Improve the appearance of commercial properties in Dawson Creek
  • Ensure that safe and efficient access is provided

Multi-Family Residential Development Permit Area:

Multi-family residential developments can have significant positive impacts on the surrounding area, including aesthetics, traffic generation and creating neighbourhoods. Applying design guidelines can enhance an area with respect to aesthetics, crime prevention, transportation and mobility, passive and active recreational opportunities and thereby result in a higher quality of life for residents in multi-family residential developments. The objectives of this development permit area are to:

  • Emphasize building and open space designs in a manner that enhances pedestrian mobility, accessibility, amenities and safety
  • Ensure that multi-family developments are attractive and compatible with the surrounding area through siting, design and exterior finishing
  • Ensure that, where necessary, the design of development creates a suitable transition between adjacent different land uses or residential densities

Intensive Residential Development Permit Area:

Intensive residential developments can have significant positive impacts, particularly in the downtown of a community, where they are able to bring a new vitality to an area by the presence of residents at any time of day. Applying design guidelines on intensive residential developments enables an area to be enhanced visually and with respect to transportation and mobility options, the creation of unique residential development options, passive and active recreational opportunities and the ability to live, work and recreate within the centre of a community. All of these factors help increase the quality of life for residents. The objectives of this development permit area are to:

  • Provide for opportunities to create innovative housing options for residents wishing to live in downtown Dawson Creek
  • Ensure that intensive residential developments are attractive and compatible with the surrounding area through siting, design and exterior finishing
  • Create a vibrant, compact, walkable, accessible downtown with high quality design and construction
  • Emphasize building and open space designs in a manner that enhances pedestrian mobility, accessibility, amenities and safety
  • Ensure that, where necessary, the design of development creates a suitable transition between adjacent different land uses or residential densities

Exemptions to Development Permits:

  • Development permits are not required before subdivision for development within the Downtown Development Permit Area.
  • Development permits are not required for the following:
    • Any subdivisions creating less than three legal parcels; or
    • Any multiple family developments on parcels less than 900 square metres in size.

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Phone: 250-784-3601
Email: athompson@dawsoncreek.ca 

Note: This webpage is provided only as a guide for public use and convenience. Changes to the information outlined may be made where circumstances warrant. Please consult the City’s bylaws and other documents including the Community Charter, Local Government Act, and Land Title Act.