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Zoning Bylaw Review

The updated draft Zoning Bylaw (download PDF), and corresponding updated zoning maps (as of July 2020), are available for review. Also included for review below is a summary of proposed OCP updates, including updated OCP land use and Development Permit Area maps.

2021 Project Update: Planning staff received a variety of public and agency feedback on the July 2020 draft Zoning Bylaw, OCPs, and corresponding maps through the pre-referral process in 2020. This process also included an initial legal review, which outlined a number of recommendations for updates to the draft documents and maps. Staff have since been working to update the draft documents to incorporate the feedback received.

An updated draft Zoning Bylaw, OCPs, and corresponding maps are anticipated to be available on this webpage for review in April 2021. Please check back as this page will continue to be updated as the project advances.

The current Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot Zoning Bylaw No. 15 (download PDF) was adopted in 1973 and has since been amended over 700 times. The Zoning Bylaw had not received a comprehensive review until 2016 when a draft was made available to the public for input at open houses. Further revisions were made, and an updated draft Zoning Bylaw was presented to the public at open houses between May to August 2019 in all six Electoral Areas (EAs).

Highlights of the Zoning Bylaw Review & OCP Updates

  • a new easy to read, more user-friendly format for the Zoning Bylaw
  • additional, updated and easier to understand definitions
  • amalgamated and simplified zones, and introduction of sub-zones
  • zone names more consistent with OCPs
  • revised general regulations, including keeping of animals and private moorage facilities
  • regulations in water zones for private moorage facilities, in accordance with provincial regulations
  • updates to zoning maps to reflect new zones, ensure consistency with OCPs, and that are easier to review
  • updates to OCP land use and Development Permit Area maps that are easier to review
  • minor updates to the OCPs, including standardized minimum lot size for accessory dwelling units and length of term for Temporary Use Permits across all EAs, and new policies for private moorage facilities

2019 Zoning Bylaw Review Open Houses

The ACRD hosted six open houses, between May and August 2019, to review a draft of the Zoning Bylaw, updates to the zoning maps, and minor updates to the OCPs.

Display boards from the open houses can be downloaded in PDF below.

2020 Draft Zoning Bylaw & OCP Updates
Since the 2019 open houses, staff have continued to further refine the May 2019 version of the Zoning Bylaw, six EA Official Community Plans (OCPs), and update the zoning, OCP land use and Development Permit Area maps into a format that's easier to review. This was completed by working with Electoral Area Directors, agencies, and the public, 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.


The July 31, 2020 Draft Zoning Bylaw is available to review (download PDF).

Part of the Zoning Bylaw Review included updating zone names from what is currently used in Zoning Bylaw No. 15. The list of current zone abbreviations, and updated zone and sub-zone names and abbreviations is available to review (download PDF).

The following draft zoning maps in PDF below indicate the zone or sub-zone that applies to properties in the ACRD:

Current zoning maps are available here.


The July 31, 2020 summary of proposed OCP updates to the six EA OCPs is available to review (download PDF).

The following draft OCP land use maps in PDF below indicate how land has been designated for each use, outlined in the corresponding OCP, to accommodate both present and proposed uses and facilities.

The following draft OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) maps in PDF below indicate areas that may require a greater level of detail and analysis for proposed development on lands that are considered to have hazardous and/or sensitive conditions:

Current OCP land use and DPA maps are available in each of the EA OCPs listed here.


Recognizing that Bamfield is a remote community with a unique base of community services, a summary document was created to provide an overview of proposed Zoning Bylaw and OCP updates, with Bamfield specific information (download PDF).
Next Steps
The next steps in the process include the following:
  • Public review of Spring 2021 updated proposed Zoning Bylaw, OCPs, and maps.
  • Review by all six EA Advisory Planning Commissions (APCs).
  • Incorporate comments received from the second review process.
  • First reading of the bylaws.
  • Official agency and First Nation referrals.
  • Public Hearing: This will provide another opportunity for public input, as any individual or agency can provide comments until termination of the Public Hearing.
  • Second and third readings of the bylaws.
  • Adoption of the bylaws.
  • Present and communicate updated bylaws.

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

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