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Zoning Bylaw Review

June 2021 Draft Zoning Bylaw

Overall highlights of the draft updated Zoning Bylaw:
  • A new easy to read, more user-friendly format
  • All dimensions and measurements are expressed in the metric system
  • Additional, updated and easier to understand definitions
  • Amalgamated and simplified zones, and introduction of sub-zones - refer to this cross referencing document (PDF)
  • 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 clarify use of land in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), based on the Agricultural Land Commission Act and Regulations
  • Updates to OCP land use and Development Permit Area maps that are easier to review

Proposed Official Community Plan Updates
The June 2021 summary of proposed OCP updates (PDF) to the six EA OCPs is available to review.

OCP Land Use Maps

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.

OCP Development Permit Area (DPA) Maps

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.

Process & 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.

  • The current ACRD Zoning Bylaw No. 15 (PDF) was adopted in 1973 and has since been amended numerous 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 in 2019 in all six Electoral Areas (EAs). Sample display boards (PDF) from one of the open houses can be viewed.
  • Following the 2019 open houses, updates were made and the next draft Zoning Bylaw was released in July 2020. This version was reviewed by a number of agencies, organizations, the ACRD Board, staff, and the public through the pre-referral process. This process also included an initial legal review, which outlined a number of recommendations for updates to the draft document and maps.
  • Current zoning maps are available here.
  • To request a copy of the July 31, 2020 draft Zoning Bylaw or corresponding maps please contact the Planning and Development Department at 250-720-2700 or
  • The Zoning Bylaw applies to the six EAs in the ACRD: 'A' - Bamfield, 'B' - Beaufort, 'C' - Long Beach, 'D' - Sproat Lake, 'E' - Beaver Creek, and 'F' - Cherry Creek. The Zoning Bylaw does not apply to those parts of the ACRD that located within the City of Port Alberni, District of Tofino, District of Ucluelet, Huu-ay-aht First Nations, Uchucklesaht Tribe, Toquaht Nation and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ Government lands.
Next Steps
The next steps in the process include the following (with anticipated timeline included):
  • Review of June 2021 updated Zoning Bylaw, OCPs and maps (and public online survey results) by all six EA Advisory Planning Commissions (APCs) - Fall 2021
  • Host community forum/information session(s) - Fall 2021
  • Incorporate comments received from the second review process - Fall 2021
  • First reading of the bylaws - Fall/Winter 2021/2022
  • Official agency and First Nation referrals - early 2022
  • Public Hearing: This will provide another opportunity for public input, as any individual or agency can provide comments until termination of the Public Hearing - early 2022
  • Second and third readings of the bylaws - 2022
  • Adoption of the bylaws - 2022
  • Present and communicate updated bylaws - 2022 and beyond

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

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