Commercial Zone Update


As part of on-going work related to the preparation of a single Okanagan Valley Electoral Area Zoning Bylaw, the Regional District has been reviewing the various tourist commercial zones found in the South Okanagan Electoral Area zoning bylaws, the intent of these zones and the properties that they apply to.

Where duplication, significant overlap or redundancy of zonings is identified, the Regional District is proposing to delete, consolidate or to replace zone(s).  For instance, there are currently eight (8) different Commercial Zones as well as a variety of site specific zonings.

The Regional District considers that these zones can be reduced to core General Commercial (C1) Zone while introducing new "Village Centre" zones for the Naramata townsite area and Apex village. It is further being proposed that the commercial zonings for marinas and the Penticton Speedway be transitioned to tourist commercial (i.e. CT) zones as part of this Update.

Finally, it also being proposed to apply a Service Commercial (CS1) Zone - the intent of which is to permit uses related to the servicing of motor vehicles, such as fuel sales and vehicle sales, service and rentals - to all existing service stations (i.e. gas stations) in the Electoral Areas.  NOTE: this zone already applies to existing service stations in OK Falls.

Public Consultation

Property owners of land currently zoned commercial (i.e. C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 & CS1) are being directly notified (as of April 24, 2018) of the proposed changes to their zoning and encouraged, along with any other interested members of the public to provide feedback by May 16, 2018.

Additional information, including copies of the draft amendment bylaws, a Feedback Form and comparison tables of the proposed zoning changes can be found below along with status updates.

Should a public information meeting be scheduled in relation to these proposed changes; the date, time and location of such a meeting will be posted below.

Amendment Bylaw Status - Adopted October 4, 2018

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaw:


Amendment Bylaw No. 2788
(version 2018-07-05)


Past Versions:

Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2788
(version 2018-04-24)


Comparison Tables:


Commercial Zone Transition Matrix


C1 Zone Comparison Table

Direct Notification of affected property owners 


Public Hearing

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 9:00 am

101 Martin Street Penticton

RDOS Board Room

Public Notice

Feedback Form

Planning & Development Committee

Administrative Report

Minutes (2017-08-17)


Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report


Minutes (2018-07-05)


Public Hearing:




3rd Reading:

Administrative Report

Minutes (2018-08-02)



Administrative Report

Minutes (2018-10-04)