Key Proposed Changes for Commercial Development
In the proposed Zoning Bylaw, the overall structure of commercial zones is unchanged, but the current C-3T (Truck Travel Centre) zone has been merged with the C-3 (Highway Commercial) zone and the C-9 (Convention Centre) zone has been merged with the P1 (Parks and Recreation) zone.
Key proposed changes for commercial development include the following:
- Allowed a broad range of retail trade use in the C2 (Local Commercial), C3 (Highway Commercial), C4 (Service Commercial), C6 (Arterial Commercial), and C7 (Neighbourhood Commercial) zones—retail use in these zones is currently restricted to convenience stores (C2 and C3 zones) or a limited range of products (C4, C6, and C7 zones).
- Added new use categories such as “artisan or photography studio”, “cultural facility”, and “communications facility” to support creative industries in a broader range of commercial locations.
- Expanded the range of permitted uses in commercial zones–for example, added office and restaurant/café in the C2 (Local Commercial) zone, and added multi-family residential, office, and assembly uses in the C7 (Neighbourhood Commercial) zone – to provide more locations for businesses to operate and provide greater availability of local services for the public.
- Allowance for personal service businesses (such as hair salons) that are not historically licenced to sell alcohol to apply for a liquor primary licence in all commercial zones allowing personal services; allowance for any business type in the CBD, C1, CNS, and C5 zones to apply for a liquor primary licence; clarifying that alcohol manufacturers lounges ( ie. “brew pubs” or “distillery lounges”) are permitted where neighbourhood pubs are permitted.
- Added residential as a permitted use in all shopping centres (e.g. Aberdeen Mall, Sahali Mall, and Northills Mall), Downtown’s East End Entry Corridor, and Columbia Street West to encourage mixed-use (commercial/residential) buildings in these areas, consistent with KAMPLAN. Under the proposed regulations, multi-family or mixed-use buildings could be up to 10 storeys high in the North Shore Towne Centre, Sahali Towne Centre or Aberdeen Mall; and up to 6 storeys in all other shopping centres.
- Increased the maximum floor area ratio (FAR), a measure of the density of development permitted, in the C1, C5, and C7 zones in conjunction with multi-family development.
- Added allowance for a “density bonus” (50% increase in the maximum floor area ratio) permitted in all commercial zones that allow multi-family units where the additional units are provided as market rental housing, affordable market rental housing, below market rental housing, or social housing units.
- Implemented KAMPLAN policies that restrict drive-thrus in the City Centre, Tranquille Market Corridor, and North Shore Towne Centre and updated regulations on vehicle stacking lengths to reduce potential traffic impacts.
- Changed zoning along the Kamloops east entry corridor (from Victoria Street at 8th Avenue to Battle Street at the Yellowhead Highway interchange) from the current C-4 (Service Commercial) to C1 (General Commercial) and C6 (Arterial Commercial) allows for general retail trade and 4-storey tall mixed-use (commercial and multifamily residential) buildings, consistent with Downtown Plan.
- Changed zoning of properties along Columbia street west from Grandview Terrace to McGill Road from C-3 (Highway Commercial) to C1 (General Commercial) and changed zoning along Hugh Allan Drive east of Pacific Way from C-4 to C6 that allows for general retail trade and 4-storey tall mixed-use (commercial and multifamily residential) buildings, consistent with KAMPLAN.
Zoning Bylaw No. 55 was adopted by Council on November 2, 2021. Consultation on this project has concluded.