The development and environmental services section is primarily involved in the file management of the majority of applications received in the Planning Department, including zoning, development permits and subdivision. This group is also responsible for the provision of the department's environmental services, including policy creation, the issuance of permits and enforcement. The provision of mapping services also falls within the responsibilities of this section.
Staff support is provided to the Advisory Design Panel and to the Board of Variance along with providing supplemental support in the area of urban trees.
This section is responsible for processing development files including amendments to the Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw, land use inquiry, subdivision, development permit, development variance permit and Agricultural Land Reserve Commission applications. Other areas include researching the environmental component of the Emergency Response Plan, reviewing the contract for the Mosquito Control Program and researching new contract provisions, as well as assessing changes in provincial regulations.