Economic Development in BC’s Lower Columbia

The future looks bright! It is important to note that the Lower Columbia has a resilient economy that does not experience economic cycles; in part due to the stability of the world’s largest zinc and lead smelter, a regional hospital, significant summer and winter tourism, and hydro generation on the Columbia River.

Check out our Sector Fact Sheets, which feature the Lower Columbia’s primary industries such as Technology, Metallurgy, Tourism and more!

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Municipalities and electoral districts that make up BC’s Lower Columbia have experienced some new economic development in recent years.

Red Mountain and the Redstone Resort, Rossland’s ski resort and 18 hole golf course respectively, are the cornerstones of the residential development here. Full build out will take place over the next 10 years, and includes commercial spaces as well.


Planning Contacts

For lands outside of municipal boundaries, contact the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Planning and Development Department. They will advise on an Official Community Plan Amendment or a Zoning Amendment; a Development Permit or a Development Variance Permit.

Visit the Warfield, Fruitvale and Montrose websites to find the most recent information related to permits and zoning within their municipal boundaries.

The City of Rossland Planning and Development Department is the best first point of contact regarding land use and development in Rossland.

Finally, the Planning Department of the City of Trail regulates development in Trail, and is a good initial point of contact.