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Zoning Bylaw Review

January 2023 Project Update
It's important to note that the Zoning Bylaw remains in draft form, and there's still an opportunity to provide input. Please contact Planning staff with any comments, questions or feedback by email planning@acrd.bc.ca or phone 250-720-2700.

WHY UPDATE THE ZONING BYLAW?

The ACRD is updating its Zoning Bylaw No. 15, as the current Zoning Bylaw was adopted in 1973 and has been amended close to 1,000 times over the past 50 years. The Project represents the first comprehensive rewrite of the Zoning Bylaw in the history of the ACRD and is a very important project for the region. The Zoning Bylaw implements the community vision on the ground level by regulating how land, buildings and other structures may be used and applies to all six ACRD Electoral Areas. The overall goal of the Project is to provide more clarity, certainty, and relevancy than the current Zoning Bylaw.

Planning staff have been working on the Zoning Bylaw Review Project for several years with many residents, property owners, community partners, committees, First Nations, the ACRD Board, and others. There are a number of reasons why the Zoning Bylaw is being updated, but one of the most important reasons from a long range planning perspective is to implement the policies in the Official Community Plans (OCPs):
  • Zoning must align with the OCP policies and objectives, and this is the basis of the OCP Amendment Bylaws that are currently being considered (refer to Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaws section below).
  • There are also a few examples of policies in the OCPs that aren't included in the current Zoning Bylaw.
    • The current OCPs include policies that support home industry, however the current Zoning Bylaw does not permit this use. This means that a property owner wanting to operate a home industry can't until the updated Zoning Bylaw is adopted.
    • Another example is proposed regulation in the Zoning Bylaw to expand home occupation use to also be permitted within an accessory building or accessory dwelling unit. Current zoning only permits the used within a single family dwelling.
  • Another objective of updating the Zoning Bylaw is to improve housing options by having a standardized minimum lot size and accessory dwelling unit size across all Electoral Areas.
  • The OCP Amendment Bylaws that are being considered by the Board introduce guidelines and updated Development Permit Area requirements for the construction of docks, focusing on protecting the environment, water quality, and mitigating negative impacts of new moorage facilities.
    • As part of the updated Zoning Bylaw, proposed regulations for private moorage facilities or docks have been proposed that were based initially upon the dock regulations provided by the Province for General Permission for private docks on Crown Land and revised with input from the public, the Advisory Planning Commissions and the Board. The proposed zoning introduces limits on dock extent and width, number of docks and berths, setbacks, and development permit requirements.

Refer to the following Electoral Area Directors Meeting Presentation for more information on items highlighted above, the project overview, and key topics and changes.

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 ELECTORAL AREAS DIRECTORS COMMITTEE MEETING

On November 30, 2022 Planning staff provided the Electoral Area Directors Committee with an overview of the Zoning Bylaw Review Project, highlighting the October 2022 draft of the Zoning Bylaw and a number of key topics, and discussing next steps for the Project.

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

October 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw
The most current draft of the Zoning Bylaw is from October 2022 and available below. Updates have been proposed to the March 2022 draft based on the latest input received from the community, Committees, Regional Board and others. There are two versions of the October 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw available: one with proposed updates to the March 2022 draft incorporated into the document, and one with all of the proposed updates to March 2022 draft shown in red tracked changes.

DRAFT ZONING BYLAW | OCTOBER 2022
  • October 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw (PDF): proposed updates to March 2022 draft incorporated
  • October 2022 Draft Zoning Bylaw with tracked changes (PDF): proposed updates to March 2022 draft shown in red tracked changes
  • Draft Zoning Maps (PDF): The most current draft zoning maps available are from March 2022 . The ACRD is transitioning from CAD based mapping system to a modern GIS, and staff look forward to presenting a public web map portal in the near future.
  • October 2022 Zone Cross Referencing (PDF): lists current Zoning Bylaw (PDF) zone abbreviation and name, and what the zones are proposed to be updated to

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.

Anticipated key regional highlights and benefits of the updated Zoning Bylaw are summarized in these slides, and 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 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.

Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaws
As part of the Zoning Bylaw Review Project, minor 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, and the six Amendment Bylaws are at various stages in the adoption process (see information below for each Amendment Bylaw).

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 - ADOPTED NOVEMBER 23, 2022
  • Bamfield OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1445 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Bamfield OCP) - Amendment adopted November 23, 2022 (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP - Amendment adopted November 23, 2022 (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - Amendment adopted November 23, 2022 (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) - April 2022 (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - Amendment adopted November 23, 2022 (PDF)
  • Bamfield OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) - April 2022 (PDF)
  • October 18, 2022 Public Hearing Bamfield OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1445 Information (link)

BEAUFORT OCP AMENDMENT BYLAW P1448
  • February 9, 2023 Public Hearing Beaufort OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1448 Information (link)
  • 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
  • December 5, 2022 Public Hearing Sproat Lake OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1443 Information (link)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Amendment Bylaw No. P1443 & Schedule 'A' (list of amendments to the Sproat Lake OCP) - Second Reading (PDF)
  • April 2022 Sproat Lake OCP document incorporating all of the text amendments - Second Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Land Use Map No. 2 - Second Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Land Use Map No. 2 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) - April 2022 (PDF | 17MB)
  • Sproat Lake OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Map No. 3 - Second Reading (PDF)
  • Sproat Lake OCP DPA Map No. 3 reference mapbook (larger-scale mapsheets) - April 2022 (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
Anticipated Timeline & Next Steps
Recent activities and 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 Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaws
  • Additional draft Zoning Bylaw engagement with Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commissions and Agriculture Committees | May-June 2022
  • Updated draft Zoning Bylaw released for public, agency and First Nation input | October 2022
  • Public hearings for the six Electoral Area OCP amendment bylaws (six individual) | October 2022-March 2023
  • Second and third readings of the OCP amendment bylaws to be considered | November 2022-April 2023
  • Adoption of the OCP amendment bylaws to be considered | November 2022-April 2023
  • November 30, 2022 Project update to Electoral Area Directors Committee | More information above in December 2022 Update
  • Zoning Bylaw considered by ACRD Board for first reading | 2023
  • Official agency and First Nation referrals for Zoning Bylaw | 2023
  • Public hearing for the Zoning Bylaw | 2023
  • Second and third readings of the Zoning Bylaw | 2023
  • Adoption of the Zoning Bylaw | 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