McMechan Lands - Highlands of East Hill Development Applications

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The Official Community Plan calls for a small lot neighbourhood to be built on the lands at 901 39th Avenue. Let us know what you think of the development concept.

Development applications have been submitted to create an approximately 173 small lot residential neighbourhood with a small commercial node, park spaces, trails and walkways on a portion of the lands located at 901 39th Ave known as McMechan Reservoir site. Over the last number of months, the development concepts have been refined based on public feedback, detailed engineering, transportation and design work, and the development review process.

Please review the information provided and let us know what you think. Below is a summary of the subject Bylaws and Development Applications. Detailed reports can be found in the document library on

Development applications have been submitted to create an approximately 173 small lot residential neighbourhood with a small commercial node, park spaces, trails and walkways on a portion of the lands located at 901 39th Ave known as McMechan Reservoir site. Over the last number of months, the development concepts have been refined based on public feedback, detailed engineering, transportation and design work, and the development review process.

Please review the information provided and let us know what you think. Below is a summary of the subject Bylaws and Development Applications. Detailed reports can be found in the document library on the top right hand corner of this page.

1. Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw #5703 proposes to amend a portion of the subject property from Public and Institutional to Residential Small Lot – Single and Two Family Dwelling and from Residential Small Lot – Single and Two Family Dwelling to Public and Institutional. The purpose of the proposed amendment is to change the location for a possible future water reservoir site as outlined on the OCP Amendment Map. The Bylaw also proposes to add a policy related to Development Permit Guidelines for the proposed development.

2. Zoning Amendment Bylaw #5704 proposes to add Comprehensive Development Area 6 (CD6) Zoning District to the Zoning Bylaw and proposes to rezone the subject property from P4 – Utilities to CD6 as outlined on the Zoning Amendment Map. The CD6 Zoning District also includes development permit form and character guidelines. The proposed CD6 Zoning District is a unique zone created specifically for the proposed development.

3. City of Vernon Phased Development Agreement Bylaw #5705 proposes that the City of Vernon enter into a Phased Development Agreement with Vernon Reservoir Developments Ltd. The proposed term of the agreement is 10 years and the provisions dealing with land use, density, siting and size requirements, size of parcels and development permit guidelines are all set out in proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw #5704, 2018. The nature of the development is an approximately 173 small lot residential neighbourhood containing a variety of small lot dwelling types with a small commercial node, park spaces, walkways, trails and active spaces. Assignment or transfer of the agreement can only be made with consent of the City, except to an affiliate of the developer.

4. Development Variance Permit Application #00438 proposes to vary sections of Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw #3843 related to road, servicing and drainage standards that aim to minimize the impact of development.

All of the above noted Development Applications and Bylaws will be considered by Council following the Official Public Hearing on September 4, 2018.

The subject property is designated Small Lot Residential in the Official Community Plan (OCP) which encourages single family homes, duplexes, townhomes and row housing, also known as ground oriented housing. The OCP encourages the creation of a compact residential neighbourhood on the property designed to meet the needs of today’s families. Vernon is a growing city. In order to accommodate growth in a responsible and affordable manner, residential development is encouraged close to existing services and amenities, like schools, parks and shopping. This approach uses existing infrastructure more efficiently, thus having less of a burden on taxpayers, and protects rural and agricultural land. The development proposal has been guided by the OCP.


  • Please review the supporting documents and Bylaws related to the development proposal on the engagement page. The development concepts have been refined over the last number of months using public feedback, engineering, transportation and design work and the development application review process. Let us know what you think. Your feedback is important to us. 

    Please review the supporting documents and Bylaws related to the development proposal on the engagement page. The development concepts have been refined over the last number of months using public feedback, engineering, transportation and design work and the development application review process. Let us know what you think. Your feedback is important to us. 

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