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Planning Services is working on a variety of projects set out in the Sustainable Official Community Plan (SOCP), the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), and by direction of Council. This page summarizes some recent projects and their current status.

Townsite Development Permit Area

Status: Public consultation. Draft bylaws received First Reading.

While Townsite National Historic District is recognized for its significant heritage contributions, nearly all of the buildings in the neighbourhood lack heritage protections. The Townsite Development Permit Area is the first step of many yet to come to help protect Townsite’s historic character and buildings. Learn more…

Business Façade Improvement Program

Status: Program underway.

City of Powell River and Community Futures Powell River have teamed up to offer design assistance, a matching grant, financing, and sped-up approvals eligible businesses along Marine Avenue from Wharf Street to Alberni Street. Learn more…

Recreational Cannabis Retail Stores

Status: New bylaws adopted.

Recreational cannabis use is being legalized in Canada in October 2018. To get ready for federal and provincial legislation, the City is preparing updates to the Zoning Bylaw and Business Licence Bylaw. Learn more…

Short-Term Rentals

Status: Council consideration.

Based on community concerns, staff began monitoring the number of short-term rentals in City of Powell River in 2016. Based on the rapid increase of short-term rentals offered, the City conducted some best practices research and community engagement in late 2017 through early 2017. Based on results of the study, Council directed staff to develop regulations to moderately expand short-term rentals. Learn more…

Residential Small Lots

Status: Policy under development.

The City is considering updating bylaws to allow residential small lot development. Learn more…

Carriage Houses

Status: New bylaws adopted.

Carriage homes are now permitted in certain residential zones in Powell River. Apply to build one today!

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