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Planning & Development

The Planning & Development Services Department is managed by Andrew McLeod and strives to support well thought out, safe growth in our rural communities.  There are a number of factors that our Planning staff take into consideration, including: quality of life, land use, sustainable development and environmental protection.

This is achieved through two different sections in our planning department: current applications and long range planning.

Current Planning:

Our Planning Technicians and Development Clerk assist residents, property owners, buyers and developers with “day to day” inquiries like zoning, variances, development permits, and land use regulations  in all of our Electoral Areas. During the summer months, a Planning Technician is available one day a week at our Columbia Valley Office.   The Planning Technicians process applications and provide recommendations to our Electoral Area Directors and the Board.

Long Range Planning:

We have three Planners who work on our long range planning projects, such as: the Regional Sustainability Strategy, Official Community Plans, Zoning Bylaws, and more (such as our Agricutural and Lake Management Plans). 

One of the guiding documents for the Planning & Development Services Department is the Regional Sustainability Strategy.  The RSS is a regional vision that provides long range planning direction.

There are a number of applications and procedures that will help move people through a planning process.

The links at the left include everything from our current projects to applications.  We hope they will be helpful. 


To view OCP, Zoning and Land Use Bylaws, click on the “Bylaws” tab at the top of the screen or click on this link.

Our Planning Department Staff

(use general email below to contact):

    Andrew McLeod, Manager
    Karen Macleod, Planner
    Michele Bates, Planner
    Kris Belanger, Planner
    Krista Gilbert , Planning Technician
    Tracy Van de Wiel, Planning Technician
    Rhiannon Chippett, Planning Assistant
    Brett Kormos, Development Clerk

Contact us:

Email: planningdept@rdek.bc.ca

Cranbrook Office Phone: 250-489-2791

Cranbrook Office Toll Free Phone (BC/AB): 1-888-478-7335





Contact Us:

If you require further information, please let us know.

Email: planningdept@rdek.bc.ca

Last edited: Fri, September 27, 2019 - 2:10:47