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Zoning Bylaw Review

August 2022 Update
  • Following feedback received from the community, a new draft of the proposed Zoning Bylaw for the entire Regional District was released in March 2022.
  • Additional public information sessions were held in April 2022.
  • On April 27, 2022 the Board of Directors requested staff to review the draft Zoning Bylaw with Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commissions (APCs) and the Agriculture Committees. Seven individual meetings were held in May and June 2022 with each Electoral Area APC and the Agriculture Committees.
  • On July 27, 2022 the Electoral Area Directors Committee reviewed the project timeline and recommended that first reading and a public hearing for the Zoning Bylaw Review be planned for January 2023.

Based on the latest public input, the next updated draft Zoning Bylaw is anticipated to be released in late September 2022, which will be available on this project website for public review and input. It's important to note that the Zoning Bylaw is still in draft form, and there's still an opportunity to provide input. Please contact Planning staff with any comments, questions or feedback by phone 250-720-2700 or email planning@acrd.bc.ca

The anticipated timeline at the bottom of the page includes additional next steps. Continue to check back on this project webpage for updates or contact Planning staff for more information.

Benefits and Impact of the Updated Zoning Bylaw
Over the course of the Zoning Bylaw Review project, staff have undertaken a number of activities to gain input on the draft Zoning Bylaw and minor OCP amendments at various stages. Initial work on this project began in 2016 with public open houses, APC meetings and initial engagement with First Nations. Since 2019, staff have had numerous informative discussions and have led engagement opportunities with the public, Committee members, Board members, First Nations, the development community, farmers, Provincial agencies, and various referral agencies.

Each step over the course of this project has been informed by community discussions throughout the region and every draft version of the Zoning Bylaw has incorporated the input received.

Key regional highlights and benefits of the updated Zoning Bylaw are anticipated to include:
  • Addressing flexibility and affordability of housing by increasing permitted floor area for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and introducing a consistent 0.4 hectare (1 acre) minimum lot size in all Electoral Areas for ADUs and removing the minimum floor area requirement for single family dwellings.
  • Expanded options for home occupation to address economic needs and allow greater flexibility for people to work from home and introducing home industry as a permitted use on properties 2 hectares or larger, to provide income and start-up industry opportunities for residents with larger properties.
  • Increased the length of stay permitted for the short-term accommodation use of an RV in a Residential zone from 1 day to up to 15 days, and a proposal to increase from 30 days to 60 days in a Rural zone. Increasing access to temporary accommodation in an RV would allow for greater flexibility for short-term accommodation needs.
  • Introduced area-specific Commercial zone for Bamfield. Recognizing that Bamfield is a remote service area, the new zone reflects the need for flexibility in the services and specific housing needs in Bamfield.
  • Updated and expanded agricultural uses that reflect the economic realities of 2022 such as including agri-tourism and agri-tourism accommodation uses, and removed barriers to agriculture where possible.
  • Revised the keeping of animals regulations to be more permissive in allowing small-scale livestock, poultry and beekeeping on non-ALR properties smaller than 5 acres.
  • Amalgamated and updated Commercial and Industrial zones to allow for increased flexibility in development. The number of Commercial zones would be reduced from 16 to 6 zones.
  • Revised the Zoning Bylaw text and map formats to be more readable and user-friendly for the public and updated language to be more consistent with Provincial and Federal regulations. The new format will improve efficiency for staff to administer the bylaw and will be more accessible to the public.

March 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw - Next Draft Available in September 2022
The most current draft version of the Zoning Bylaw is from March 2022. Updates to the March 2022 draft are currently being made, and an updated draft is anticipated to be released in late September 2022.

DRAFT ZONING DOCUMENTS & MAPS | MARCH 2022
  • March 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw (PDF)
  • March 2022 Draft Zoning Maps (PDF)
  • Summary of proposed Zoning Bylaw updates (PDF): an overview of proposed updates as of June 2021, with updates made as of March 2022 shown in yellow highlight.
  • Zone cross-referencing (PDF): lists current zone name and abbreviation, and what they are proposed to be updated to.

Note: To assist with quickly and easily interpreting the maps, March 2022 map updates include:
  • Improved legibility of map text, updated map grids and grid numbering, re-designed page layouts
  • Colour-coded zone categories and OCP land use designations
  • Concurrently, continued with converting map data to GIS formats in preparation for use in upcoming public web map portal
PDF map documents remains necessary while the ACRD is transitioning from CAD based mapping system to a modern GIS. We look forward to presenting a public web map portal in the near future with preparations already underway.

April 2022 Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaws
As part of the Zoning Bylaw Review Project, amendments are being considered to the six ACRD Electoral Area Official Community Plans (OCPs) to align OCP policies and objectives with the proposed updated Zoning Bylaw. The following OCP Amendment Bylaws received first reading by the ACRD Board of Directors on April 13, 2022. A comprehensive line-by-line list of all amendments to the OCPs is included in the OCP Amendment Bylaws below.

Refer to the April 25, 2022 Summary of OCP Amendment Bylaws (PDF) for highlights of updates to each of the OCPs.

BAMFIELD OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1445
  • Bamfield OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1445 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Bamfield OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Bamfield OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF)

BEAUFORT OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1448
  • Beaufort OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1448 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Beaufort OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Beaufort OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaufort OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaufort OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 9MB)
  • Beaufort OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaufort OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 10MB)

SOUTH LONG BEACH OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1447
  • South Long Beach OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1447 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the South Long Beach OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 South Long Beach OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • South Long Beach OCP Land Use Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • South Long Beach OCP Land Use Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets)(PDF | 18MB)
  • South Long Beach OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 4 - First Reading (PDF)
  • South Long Beach OCP DPA Map No. 4 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 24MB)

SPROAT LAKE OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1443
  • Sproat Lake OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1443 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Sproat Lake OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Sproat Lake OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 17MB)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 23MB)

BEAVER CREEK OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1444
  • Beaver Creek OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1444 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Beaver Creek OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Beaver Creek OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaver Creek OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaver Creek OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 9MB)
  • Beaver Creek OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Beaver Creek OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 8MB)

CHERRY CREEK OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1446
  • Cherry Creek OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1446 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Cherry Creek OCP) - First Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Cherry Creek OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - First Reading (PDF)
  • Cherry Creek OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Cherry Creek OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 11MB)
  • Cherry Creek OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - First Reading (PDF)
  • Cherry Creek OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) (PDF | 12MB)

Additional Resources
The overall goal of updating the Zoning Bylaw and OCPs is to better align the ACRD's zoning regulations with the policies and goals set out in the OCPs. The overarching OCPs provide guiding statements of objectives and policies for planning and land use decisions. By ensuring this alignment, the ACRD expects to create a more certain process and outcome for landowners and developers, improving clarity and addressing current planning issues.

Next Steps
Next steps in the process include the following (with anticipated timeline):
  • OCP amendment bylaws received first reading by the ACRD Board of Directors | April 13, 2022 | More information available here and above in April 2022 Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaws
  • Official agency and First Nation referrals for OCP amendment bylaws | April 26, 2022
  • Additional draft Zoning Bylaw engagement with Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commissions and Agriculture Committees | May-June 2022
  • Electoral Area Directors Committee Meeting | July 27, 2022
  • Updated draft Zoning Bylaw released for public, agency and First Nation input | Late September 2022
  • Public hearings for the six Electoral Area OCP amendment bylaws (six individual) | November 2022-January 2023
  • Second and third readings of the OCP amendment bylaws | November 2022-January 2023
  • Adoption of the OCP amendment bylaws | December 2022-February 2023
  • Zoning Bylaw considered by ACRD Board for first reading | January 2023
  • Official agency and First Nation referrals for Zoning Bylaw | January 2023
  • Public hearing for the Zoning Bylaw | February 2023
  • Second and third readings of the Zoning Bylaw | February 2023
  • Adoption of the Zoning Bylaw | March 2023
  • Present and communicate updated bylaws | 2023 and beyond

Note: Public Hearings will provide another opportunity for public input.

Keep checking back for updates on the Zoning Bylaw Review, and let us know if you have any comments or questions!

Contact Us
ACRD Planning and Development | 250-720-2700 | planning@acrd.bc.ca