The City of Colwood is creating an Advisory Planning Commission to increase community involvement in decisions about planning and land use in Colwood. 

This is your opportunity to provide direct input into decisions about how Colwood grows and develops.

Currently, land use decisions go through a Planning and Land Use Committee which is made up of three members of Council and two community members.

The new Advisory Planning Commission will be made up of nine community members who represent important aspects of community: education, environment, land development, business, youth, seniors, architecture or landscape architecture, as well as two members at large. No members of Council will sit on the commission. 

Why an Advisory Planning Commission?

Land use decisions are often the most controversial decisions city councils must make. Each application directly impacts neighbouring properties, and indirectly affects every citizen by shaping the future character and livability of the community. 

An Advisory Planning Commission is a tool many Councils use to better understand all the issues surrounding planning and land use applications, and gain meaningful advice that will assist them in making durable decisions. 

Colwood is committed to involving citizens in decisions that affect them, and a citizen-driven commission with focused areas of expertise will allow for strong community input while providing Council with valuable local knowledge and insight from specific areas of expertise. 

What kinds of plans will the Advisory Planning Commission review?

Advisory Planning Commission members will review and provide comments and advice on a wide variety of applications to rezone or develop land in Colwood. For example, applicants may be seeking to subdivide a property and create multiple lots; rezone property for a specific use such as seniors housing or commercial use or light industry; change the number of parking spots they will provide or alter the amount of green space they must include.

What is the time commitment for members?

Membership on the Advisory Planning Commission is for a two-year term with regularly scheduled meetings once a month. 

Learn more and express your interest

Contact Pat VanBuskirk at to learn more and express interest.

Read the report regarding Establishment of an Advisory Planning Commission that was presented to Council on November 14, 2016.