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Zoning Bylaw Review

The ACRD has completed a review and drafted updates to the Zoning Bylaw. Please review the following information to update yourself with the Zoning Bylaw Review project and let us know if you have any comments or questions.

The current Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot Zoning Bylaw No. 15 was adopted in 1973 and has since been amended over 700 times. The Zoning Bylaw had not received a comprehensive review until 2015, when a draft update was completed and made available to the public for input through open houses in all electoral areas (EA's) in 2016.

Staff have continued to work on updating the Zoning Bylaw to better align the ACRD's zoning regulations with the policies and goals set out in the EA Official Community Plans (OCP's), which 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.

Highlights of the Zoning Bylaw Review
  • a new easy to read, more user-friendly format
  • additional, updated and easier to understand definitions
  • amalgamated and simplified zones
  • zone names more consistent with OCP's
  • introduction of sub-zones
  • revised general regulations, including keeping of animals and private moorage facilities
  • regulations in Water zones for private moorage facilities
  • updates to zoning maps to reflect new zones and ensure consistency with OCP's
  • minor updates to the OCP's, including standardized minimum lot size for accessory dwelling units and term of Temporary Use Permits across all EA's, and new policies for private moorage facilities

The DRAFT updated Zoning Bylaw is available for download. Refer to this establishment of zones list to see what the current zone will be updated to in the draft updated Zoning Bylaw.

2019 Zoning Bylaw Review Open Houses
Highlights of the DRAFT updated Zoning Bylaw, updates to the zoning maps, and minor updates to the OCP's were available to review at the six Electoral Area open houses completed between May and August 2019. If you weren't able to attend an open house, all of the information is available to download and review below.

Sproat Lake | May 29 | Sproat Lake Community Hall

Bamfield | June 6 | Bamfield Fire Hall

Cherry Creek | June 13 | Cherry Creek Community Hall

Beaufort | July 23 | Beaver Creek Community Hall

Beaver Creek | July 31 | Beaver Creek Fire Hall

Long Beach | August 14 | Ucluelet Community Centre

The entire DRAFT updated Zoning Bylaw (ZB) is available to review, or you can review the following separate PDFs:

Comments and questions can be directed to:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development

Next Steps
ACRD Planning staff hosted six Zoning Bylaw Review open houses in each of the Electoral Areas (EA's) between May and August, 2019. The feedback received was summarized into a report that was discussed at the Electoral Area Directors Committee meetings on September 4 and 11, 2019: September 4 EA Directors Committee meeting agenda package. The Zoning Bylaw was also discussed at the October 24, 2019 EA Directors meeting: October 24 EA Directors Committee meeting agenda package. Following these discussions, staff are currently working on updating the draft Zoning Bylaw.

Residents are invited and encouraged to participate in the Zoning Bylaw Review process. There is still time for more changes before agency and First Nation referrals, and bylaw readings.

Keep checking back for updates on the Zoning Bylaw Review, and let us know if you have any questions!
Contact Us
For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact us:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development