Bell McKinnon Local Area Plan

Local Area Plan Approved

The Bell McKinnon Local Area Plan was approved on September 5, 2018. A copy of the final plan can be found here: Bell McKinnon Local Area Plan


The Official Community Plan (OCP) places the Bell McKinnon area within the Urban Containment Boundaries, designating it as a growth centre. North Cowichan is undertaking a Local Area Plan (LAP) to ensure that the Bell-McKinnon area is developed in an orderly and consistent way, and that servicing and infrastructure are planned for.

Cowichan District Hospital

On July 20, 2016, Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw 3618 and attached a restrictive covenant that prohibits construction of any building on or use of the properties until a comprehensive local area plan has been completed and adopted by North Cowichan.

At this time, construction of a new hospital is not anticipated to commence for at least 5 years, possibly longer. For more information, please refer to the CVRHD webpage.

Public Consultation

On January 31, 2018,  about 130 residents and the public attended an Ideas Fair to learn about the plan area and to tell the project team about:

  • specific needs in the community today, 
  • local knowledge about assets and strengths,
  • important principles to follow in developing the plan,
  • the importance of a health precinct in the community,
  • preferred future land use and transportation formats, and
  • independent visions for the neighbourhood.

There will be numerous additional opportunities for residents and the public to provide their input during the LAP process. Consultation details will be added to this page as activities are scheduled.

The public can send comments/questions/concerns at any time to

Documents and Information