Planning & Development

Picture of the front of the CVRD Ingram Street office in Duncan.
Located at 175 Ingram Street, the Planning and Development Department focuses on the Planning and Building services of Community Development. The primary responsibilities of the Development Services Department are Community and Regional Planning for the Electoral Areas of the Cowichan Valley.

Community & Regional Planning

The Community and Regional Planning division presents long-term vision for the community. It guides this vision by setting out policies, priorities, and guidelines for land use and community development.Planners implement the land use bylaws established by the Regional Board. The intent of the community and regional planning function and the related land use bylaws is to protect the rural communities' interests with respect to growth and development.

Development Services

Zoning Bylaws set the standards by which land use planning is based. Development Permits must comply with these and other regulations and policies. The Development Permit process provides opportunity for a review of proposed developments to be sure they comply with the applicable regulations and policies.

Economic Development 

The Economic Development Division provides economic development, film attraction, and tourism marketing for the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

Inspection & Enforcement

Building officials are responsible for building inspections, which are mandatory under Cowichan Valley Regional District bylaws.  Bylaw Enforcement officials are responsible for responding to complaints relating to Cowichan Valley Regional District bylaws.

Parks & Trails 

There are nine Electoral Areas with approximately 203 community parks and seven regional parks including the Cobble Hill Regional Recreation Area.  In addition the 122 km Cowichan Valley Trail and Kinsol Trestle are managed by the CVRD.