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Zoning Bylaw Review

The ACRD has completed a review and drafted updates to the Zoning Bylaw, and we want to hear what you think! If you weren't able to make one of the open houses, please review the information below and fill out a questionnaire to have your say.

Background
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 that the Zoning Bylaw aligns with the OCP, the ACRD expects to create a more certain process and outcome for landowners and developers.

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.

Tell Us What You Think!
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. Please fill out a questionnaire and return it to ACRD Planning staff by August 23, 2019 to have your say.

2019 Zoning Bylaw Review Open Houses
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

We want to hear from you!

Not Able to Attend an Open House?
If you weren't able to attend the open house in your Electoral Area (EA), feel free to download and send a completed questionnaire (see list above under each EA open house heading) to Planning and Development staff by August 23, 2019 at planning@acrd.bc.ca or drop it off at the ACRD office.

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

Comments and questions can also be directed to:

Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District
Planning and Development
250-720-2700
planning@acrd.bc.ca

Next Steps
ACRD Planning staff hosted six Zoning Bylaw review open houses in each of the Electoral Areas between May and August, 2019. Planning staff are currently going through all of the feedback received to determine potential changes to the draft Zoning Bylaw and OCP's. Potential changes to the proposed draft Zoning Bylaw and OCP's will then be presented to the Electoral Area Directors Committee for their consideration. Following this, the next step will be external agency and First Nation referrals.

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

Keep checking back on this webpage 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
250-720-2700
planning@acrd.bc.ca