Updated Salmo Community Plan available for review

Send your comments to [email protected].

Sustainable Salmo is a planning process to update the Village’s Official Community Plan in a way that is sustainable and inclusive.
The new plan will shape our future.

Project partners include the Village of Salmo, Central Kootenay Regional District, Fraser Basin Council, Interior Health, and Flipside Sustainability.

Salmo residents are key stakeholders in the process, and are invited to participate in a variety of ways.

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing was held by Council of the Village of Salmo at the Salmo Valley Youth and Community Centre (SVYCC) at 206Seventh Street, Salmo, BC on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Public Hearing was to hear representations on “Sustainable Salmo Official Community Plan Bylaw 687, 2017”.

Copies of “Sustainable Salmo Official Community Plan Bylaw 687, 2017” can be viewed online at sustainablesalmo.ca or may be inspected at the Village Office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Statutory holidays.

A copy of the Public Notice of Hearing is available here.

This document integrates the results of an extensive public consultation process that began on Canada Day last year and included a community survey, lifestyle photo contest, survey, asset mapping, video, and four public workshops.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Village Office [email protected] and book an appointment to speak with the Chief Administrative Officer.


There are many exciting highlights in this draft Sustainable Salmo Official Community Plan. The draft integrates sustainability planning principles with more typical community land-use planning, including:

  • A mixed-use area called the Historic Railway Commercial District, a pedestrian-friendly environment encompassing several downtown hectares along and above the highway corridor that builds upon the official historic designation of the Salmo Train Station and the alternate TransCanada Trail that crosses through it.
  • The plan adds two new Development Permit Areas – Natural Hazards and Aquifer Protection – to reflect the community’s priorities – safety and environmental stewardship, and the protection of the Village’s priority asset – the aquifer and its pristine water supply.
  • The plan includes objectives, policies and targets regarding climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as required under the Local Government Act.
  • The elementary school site is changed from Institutional to Mixed-Use Neighbourhood planning, promoting the development of a unique residential and commercial neighbourhood if the elementary site closes, as anticipated.  This designation includes a wide variety of uses such as affordable housing, childcare, community gardens, life-long learning, and a café, and demonstrates ‘green’ building principles in design and construction, creating a sustainable neighbourhood.
  • Temporary Use Permit provisions were added, giving the Village additional tools to guide and regulate temporary uses such as seasonal vendor markets.
  • An Asset Management section describes the Village’s current and future asset and infrastructure plans, and acknowledges and places value on human assets (employees and volunteers) in addition to natural assets, as part of overall asset management.

OCP Maps

Community Workshops

Sustainable Salmo Community Workshops

Collaborating Partners