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In March of 1973, the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) adopted Bylaw No. 15 "Alberni-Clayoquot Zoning Bylaw 1971" which in effect, applied land use zoning to all lands within the Regional District's boundary excluding the City of Port Alberni, the Districts of Tofino and Ucluelet as well as the First Nation Governments of Huu-ay-aht, Toquaht, Uchucklesaht and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ. As outlined in the bylaw, there are numerous zoning districts that allow for a large variety of uses and development. As communities expand, grow and change, permitted land uses often require amendment to accommodate positive development. That is when a rezoning application is considered and/or put forward. These amendments to zoning can be required to accommodate a proposed use or facilitate a subdivision proposal. It is crucial that all rezoning proposals be reviewed and considered thoroughly to ensure:
- compliance with every applicable regulation; and
- the end result is a positive enhancement to the community and is beneficial to its residents.