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Green House Gas Emission Strategy

Village Office 001Check out the Village of Lumby's plan to reduce green house gas emissions. 

Supporting strategies include:

Biomass Wood Waste to Heat Project

The Village of Lumby is interested in developing a district heating system for buildings owned by the

White Valley Parks, Recreation and Arts Committee. The system would use wood chips to provide 80- 90% of the heat for the following buildings.

1) Village of Lumby Public Works

2) Pat Duke Arena

3) Curling Rink

4) Village of Lumby Office

5) Pool

6) Community Centre

These buildings currently use $59,000 a year in natural gas. For more information on this project click here.

At the December 2014 Strategic Planning session, Council decided to defer this project to the RDNO's White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee as four of the six building were owned by the RDNO.  At the April 13, 2015 White Valley Parks. Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee meeting, the committee decided to put this project on hold given the change in grant funding eligibility and that an update on the feasibility and scope of the project was required. For further infomration please contact the Village of Lumby Municipal Office at 250-547-2171.

Water Supply and Filtration

The new plant is in operation, for more information please download the Village of Lumby Water Wise publication or contact Public Works at 250-547-2171.

Official Community Plan Update

Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 761, 2014 received final reading and was adopted by Council at its Regular Meeting dated Monday March 16, 2015.

To view OCP Bylaw No. 761, 2014 click here. To view the staff report click here. To view the accompanying OCP maps and schedulesclickhere.

Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 761, 2014 received 3rd Reading from Council at the Regular Council Meeting dated Monday January 19, 2015.

A public hearing was held on Monday January 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm to hear submissions into the Official Community Plan. Council considered the feedback from the referral process as well as considered a staff report on the Official Community Plan.

Prior to Council considering adopting the OCP Bylaw, a Regional Context Statement (RCS) must be accepted by the RDNO Board as required by the Local Government Act. The RDNO Board accepted the Village of Lumby RCS at its Regular Board Meeting dated March 4, 2015. On September 21, 2011 the RDNO adopted a Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) which the purpose of the RGS is to ensure that growth and development in the North Okanagan takes place in a sustainable and consistent manner. The Local Government Act stipulates that if a RGS considers all or part of a municipality, the local OCP must include a Regional Context Statement which clearly identifies the relationship between the OCP and the RGS.

Official Community Plan Update: Background

The Village of Lumby applied for and received a grant from the Provincial Government to undertake an Official Community Plan update. Typically an OCP is reviewed and updated every 5-7 years to ensure policy statements and the overall direction is in alignment with the goals and objectives of the community.

Village of Lumby Official Community Plan (OCP) was adopted in November, 2005. The OCP is a blueprint as to Lumby's future. The plan is a working document and is constantly under review in order that goals and objectives are being monitored, and that the plan recognizes the requirements of societal needs, as Lumby is moving towards a "Green Economy".

At the Regular Meeting of March 3, 2014, Council directed staff to draft Terms of Reference that would synchronize the Regional Context Statement work program and the Official Community Plan (Age-Friendly) Update.

The Village of Lumby has been undertaking the development of an Official Community Plan Regional Context Statement, with $11,500 allocated from a Gas Tax Regionally Significant Projects Grant to complete this work. The works to be undertaken on this project include an analysis of the Village’s Official Community Plan, the preparation of a draft Regional Context Statement, a review of the draft Statements by Council and external agencies, consultation with Village residents and a final review by Village Council and the Regional District Board of Directors. To date, $3,000 have been used towards the preparation of a draft Regional Context Statement, leaving $8,500 to complete the rest of the project.

In November of 2013, the Village was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Union of BC Municipalities to develop and refine Policies in the Official Community Plan that would assist the Village in creating a sustainable and age-friendly community. The works to be undertaken on this project include an analysis of the Village’s Official Community Plan, consultation with key stakeholders and Village residents, compiling a report on the findings of the analysis and consultation, and drafting ‘age-friendly’ OCP Policies for Council’s consideration.

Combining the above noted projects allows for efficient use of financial resources by synchronizing two OCP amendment processes that have significant public engagement elements. In this regard, the total budget for the combined projects would be $28,500. The work would be undertaken by Regional District Planning staff with guidance from Village staff and Council.

To facilitate further discussion on this matter, Council approved a Terms of Reference at the May 20, 2014 Regular Meeting. Click here to view the Terms of Reference.

A review of the Official Community Plan (OCP) has been ongoing. An OCP guides local government decisions regarding development, infrastructure, social,and environmental issues. The current OCP can be viewed by clicking hereAssociated maps to the current OCP include Schedule "A" (OCP Map)Schedule "B" (Downtown Core)Schedule "C" (Municipal Boundary and ALR Area)Schedule "D" (Environmentally Sensitive Areas), and Schedule "E" (Natural Hazards).

The following list summarizes key tasks undertaken to date:

  • May 20            Official Community Plan Terms of Reference endorsed by Council
  • May 23            Notice posted on Village website to announce the start of the OCP Review
  • June 2             Informal report to Council (status report on agency referrals, survey, and Lumby Days display preparations)
  • June 4 – 17      Referrals sent to agencies and community contacts
  • June 14 & 15    Poster display and ‘take-aways’ in the Vendors’ Hall at Lumby Days
  • July 7 & 8        Survey mailed out to 770 Village of Lumby residents and businesses
  • July 10            Survey and introductory information provided to White Valley Community​ Resource Centre (WVCRC) for distribution to seniors and youth
  • July 14            Report to Council (Lumby Days, referral process, surveys)
  • July 21            Online survey launched on Village of Lumby website
  • July 18 & 25     Ads promoting online survey in Lumby Valley Times
  • July 25            Ad promoting online survey in Morning Star
  • August 11        Report to Council (survey results, population & housing forecast)
  • September 2    Report to Council (draft Guiding Principles and Goals)
  • September 8    Village website update, updated info to WVCRC seniors luncheon program,​ posters distributed to WVCRC & Village office,
  • September 10   Ad in Morning Star - review of draft Guiding Principles & Goals
  • September 12   Ad in Lumby Valley Times - review of draft Guiding Principles & Goals
  • October 6         Report to Council – status update, next steps
  • October Prepare draft OCP text & maps for consideration of 1st Reading in November

At a regular meeting of Council dated Monday November 3, 2014 Council gave first reading to Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 761, 2014.

An Open House has been set for Wednesday November 26, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Whitevalley Community Centre located at 2250 Shields Avenue, Lumby, BC.

To view the DRAFT Official Community Plan click here. OCP maps include the following:

Schedule "B" - Land Use Designation Map

Schedule "C" - Downtown Core

Schedule "D" - Municipal Boundary and ALR Map

Schedule "E" - Environmentally Sensitive Development Permit Areas

Schedule "F" - Hazardous Condition Development Permit Areas

A staff report highlighting the OCP update can be viewed here. We look forward to further community engagement as we move the Official Community Plan project forward.

The Official Community Plan (OCP) received 2nd Reading by Council Monday December 8, 2014. 

To review the staff report associated with the OCP review click here

To review the latest Draft OCP with the Council approved changes click here

The next step is to proceed to a public hearing which has been set for Monday January 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Village of Lumby Municipal Office located at 1775 Glencaird Street.

For more information about the OCP, the next steps and the process to date please contact Marnie Skobalski with the RDNO Planning Department at 250-550-3737.

Lumby-Weyerhaeuser Salmon Trails

Salmon TrailThe Lumby-Weyerhaeuser Salmon Trails were officially opened on June 10th 2006, with the participation of the Okanagan First Nations, represented by the Okanagan Indian Band. Pamphlets and Trail Passports can be picked up at many businesses with the Downtown, at the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Information Centre and the Village Office. This project adds to the community’s capacity and recognizes the need for a new direction in the local economy.


Explore the Salmon Trail!

Explore the Salmon Trail while in Lumby. These scenic trails follow the Bessette and Duteau creeks, the easternmost spawning grounds of Pacific Coho and Chinook Salmon. There are three trails connected via downtown streets. Each trail has information, art and activities on varying themes. The environments you find along the trails range from the Cottonwood riparian habitat to the industrial land that is indicative of Lumby's association with forest products. The trails are a first step towards developing a harmonious coexistence between industry and our natural environment.

The Lumby Visitor Centre offers free Salmon Trail tours from June to August. Join our student guides on an informative and beautiful stroll through the Lumby Salmon Trail. Walks as short as 1km and as long as 8 km are offered on terrain that is flat and accessible to wheelchairs, prams and bicycles. To get the most out of your visit, start at the Visitor Centre where you can obtain a trails passport and a childrens activity guide or even request an educational guided tour. Your leashed pet is welcome and doggie bags are provided.

Interpretative signs, activities and scenery make the trails interesting and fun for everyone at any time of the year. Touch and play activities will interest young children while puzzles and discovery points will captivate the attention of older children and adults. Benches provide frequent resting spots while picnic tables make the trails a perfect spot for a snack.

The trails are an ideal location to hold events such as benefit races, bird counts, community walks, and group and school outings. For help in planning your event or to take part in one of the several year round events occurring on the trails contact the Lumby Chamber at [email protected] or phone 250-547-2300 and visit

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PO Box 430
Lumby, BC V0E 2G0

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