South Highlands Local Area Plan



January 2022 Update:

The Engagement Report entitled, "What We Heard," is complete and can be found at this link:  What We Heard

A report regarding the SHLAP process is on the upcoming Council agenda for January 24, 2022 and can be found at this link  

November 2021 Update:

  • We received 268 surveys in total. WOW! The project team are processing and analyzing the data, to develop the Engagement Summary Report.
  • The Engagement Summary Report serves as the next major deliverable for the project, and will be posted on the District’s web site once ready.
  • After that is complete, the Project Team will draft early local area plan key content.
  • Review of the draft early local area plan key content will be the subject of the next Task Meeting. We expect this to occur approximately 5 weeks after the Engagement Summary is made public.



Task Force Meeting #7 of Phase 2 - Monday, September 20, 2021, 5:30 - 7:30pm  Via Zoom

Amended Agenda - September 20, 2021
Task Force Meeting Summary - September 20, 2021
*Item 3 - Task Force Meeting Summary - May 18, 2021
*Item 4 - May 17, 2021 - CRD Letter (Peter Kickham)
*Item 4 - May 18, 2021 - email from B McMinn
*Item 4 - September 7, 2021 - email from B McMinn
*Item 4 - September 9, 2021 - email from S Richardson
*Item 4 - September 9, 2021 - email from M Sangha
*Item 4 - September 10, 2021 - email from T Wood
*Item 5 - Early Directions Survey
Additional Emails from Task Force Members:
*September 17, 2021 - email from S. Richardson
*September 17, 2021 - email from R. Klein
*September 18, 2021 - email from M. McLean

July 2021 Update:

A report went to Council on June 7, 2021 (item 10.5) LINK regarding updating the terms of reference for Phase 2 of the South Highlands Local Area Plan and allocating more money for the project.  The report was tabled and then considered in conjunction with this report. at the following Council Meeting on June 21, 2021.  At that Meeting, Council approved an updated terms of reference for Phase 2 and also allocated another $45,000 toward the project.

Summary of June 21, 2021 Council Direction and Staff Report

Task Force Meeting #6 of Phase 2 - Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 6-9PM              Via Zoom

Agenda - May 18, 2021
Task Force Meeting Summary - May 18, 2021
Draft Survey
Details of Sites East of Millstream Road - Final Version July 2021

Task Force Meeting #5 of Phase 2 - Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12-2PM       Via Zoom

Agenda - April 7, 2021
Task Force Meeting Summary - April 7, 2021
DRAFT Preliminary Directions
Presentation - April 7, 2021

Task Force Meeting #4 of Phase 2 – Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12-2PM  Via Zoom

Agenda - February 10, 2021
Task Force Meeting Summary - February 10, 2021
DRAFT Preliminary Directions

January 2021 Update

Task Force Meeting #3 of Phase 2 – Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12-1:30PM  Via Zoom

Agenda - January 19, 2021
Stakeholder Workshop Meeting Summary
Task Force Meeting Summary - January 19, 2021
DRAFT Preliminary Directions
DRAFT Preliminary Directions Summary Diagram

If you wish to observe the meeting, please contact

Stakeholder Workshop - November 30, 2020

Meeting Summary

October 2020 Update

Task Force Meeting #2 of Phase 2 – October 22, 2020

Meeting Slides
Summary Notes - Meeting #2 of Phase 2

September 2020 Update

Phase 2 is underway! This is the phase where plan will actually be created – Research, public (probably mostly online) engagement, writing…more research, more public (probably mostly online) engagement, more writing…Until we collectively get it right.  

Over the summer, the Task Force met once through a Zoom meeting and finalized the Background Summary Analysis Report August 2021 (this version has been updated to include information about sites east of Millstream Road) that provides overall project context, policy directions that inform the South Highlands Local Area Plan, and the policy framework into which the plan will be integrated. Key to the project is the Engagement Plan , which was the other item finalized by the Task Force over the summer. 

STILL TO HAPPEN:  Key outstanding issues from Phase 1 to be resolved early in Phase 2: 

  • Consideration for expanding Task Force – As a result of establishing a local area plan boundary, broader membership would result in a more informed group. 
  • Consultation with Tsartlip First Nation and Ecoasis (Bear Mountain) – Properties owned by these groups are within the local area plan boundary.
  • Build Task Force capacity for decision-making – Part of this was to provide an overview of District policies and regulations. Here is a link to the presentation and a summary sheet of policies, bylaws, and regulations.  

July 2020 Update

Task Force Meeting #1 of Phase 2 – July 27, 2020

Background Analysis Summary Report - Draft
Engagement Plan - Draft
Summary Notes - Meeting#1 of Phase 2

April 2020 Update

At its April 6, 2020 Meeting, Council approved Phase 2 of the South Highlands Local Area Plan.

Fortunately, the Task Force Meetings for Phase 1 were not interrupted by the Public Health Orders for COVID-19. Below are the outcomes of the Task Force’s work for Phase 1. It is expected that these three elements will make up a Terms of Reference for Phase 2. In line with the overall Project Terms of Reference and Overview, a Terms of Reference will go to Council for their approval. This is expected to happen soon. Feel free to email if you have any questions. 

•    South Highlands Local Area Boundary Map

•    South Highlands Local Area Plan Outline

•    South Highlands Local Area Plan Process

February 2020 Update
Phase 1

Task Force Meetings have been scheduled. They will be held at the Community Hall, 729 Finlayson Arm Road. Public are welcome to attend and listen to the discussion.

Each session will have a different topic.  We will post meeting materials and notes when they are complete.

The second meeting will cover two topics AND will occur twice on the same day:

Session 1 – February 13, 2020

Session 1 Material

Sessions 2 and 3 COMBINED – February 26, 2020

  • Afternoon – 12-2pm
  • Evening – 6:30-8:30pm

*NB: Both times will cover the same material.

Session 2 & 3 Material

Session 4 – March 9, 2020

Session 4 Material

December 2019 Update & Next Steps:

Council has awarded a contract to Barefoot Planning + Design as lead consultant for the project. Planning work will start in December, and the first Task Force Meeting will occur between December 2019 and January 2020. All meetings are open to the public. Check back to this web  page for more details as they become available. 

Task Force Members Appointed

Thanks and Congratulations to Task Force Members!

South Highlands 
Local Area Task Force
Lexie Biegun
Regine Klein
Rick Lester
Bob McMinn
Scott Richardson
Mel Sangha
Kim Vincent
Stephanie Wilkins
Terri Wood

July 2019 - Ready Set Go!

As part of Council’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan, the South Highlands Local Area Plan is officially underway. At their July 15, 2019 Meeting, Council approved the following Terms of Reference and Overview for the project, which includes a Task Force.

·    Approved Terms of Reference (link)

·    Updated Project Overview - September 8, 2020

The first phase of the project is to determine what/where is South Highlands and outline the details of contents for the plan. The second phase is to create the South Highlands Local Area Plan.

Links to Background Information: