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2024 Planning Legislation Changes

The Province enacted legislation at the end of 2023 that has implications for residential approval processes and allow for increased density in Castlegar’s neighbourhoods.

Where can I find more information?

Find more information about the legislation changes on the Province’s Website.


What does this mean for Castlegar?

Community feedback throughout the Plan 2033 engagement process shows that the community’s desires are consistent with the changes in legislation. The legislation requires that the Plan and related bylaws (such as zoning and development approvals) allow for a minimum of 3 dwelling units in neighbourhoods currently zoned for single-family or duplex. Check out the What We Heard Report to learn more about the engagement process and the community’s desires.


When can I see the changes?

Stay tuned in April for a first look at where in Castlegar secondary dwellings, townhouses, duplexes, and fourplexes could be built.  Engagement events for Plan 2033 will be shared ahead of time.

Recent changes to legislation also support local governments to make it easier to get approvals for residential projects. These changes support delegation of approval for minor development permits and minor variances. Updates to the procedures and fees bylaws are anticipated to be considered by Council in March.  Stay tuned for stakeholder learning opportunities!

Find more information about the 2022 legislation change supporting the delegation of minor development variance permits by reading the Province’s Bulletin.


How can I get involved?

If you would like project updates and info about upcoming events, join our mailing list or Like the City’s Facebook page.

Project updates and upcoming events will also be shared in:

  • Castlegar News & Castlegar Source
  • The City’s Quarterly Newsletter
  • Posters and pop-ups at local gathering places

You can also email us at, or give us a call at 250-365-7227.

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