Community Planning & Development

About Community Planning

Community planning is the formulation of a long term vision, goals, policies and strategies in the municipality.  Community planning can also involve research and implementation of policies relating to land use, demographics, economic and social development, housing, parks, environmental protection and other matters related to community health and well-being.  Community planning initiatives are undertaken in collaboration with residents, business owners, non-profits, public agencies and other stakeholders in the community.

Community planning is vital to the development planning process. Community planning provides the vision and policies to guide the technical review and permitting of development proposals.

The key document that guides decisions on planning and land use management in the Township is the Township of Esquimalt Official Community Plan, 2018, No. 2922 (OCP).

Short term rentals

  • The Township of Esquimalt does not allow renting any part of a residential dwelling for a period of less than one month.
  • The Township does not issue business licences for short-term rentals as they are prohibited. 
  • The Provincial Government will be enforcing their regulations. 
  • The Township expects to review its regulations around short-term rentals in the coming year. Please contact [email protected] if you would like to provide input. 
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Energy-saving upgrades and rebates.

Based on your household income, the CleanBC Income Qualified Program offers enhanced rebates to make energy-saving home upgrades more affordable. This includes heat pumps and other improvements.