Key Proposed Changes for Landscaping, Screening, and Fencing

The proposed Zoning Bylaw's Landscaping, Screening, and Fencing regulations have been updated to improve readability, require landscaping in a broader range of residential situations, and relax fence height regulations for greater personal privacy.

Key proposed changes to landscaping regulations include the following:

  • Establishing of minimum front and side street yard landscaping areas for urban single- and two-family zones as follows:
    • 40% of yards for single-family and single-family with a suite.
    • 15% of yards for single-family and single-family with a suite on a cul‑de-sac.
    • 30% of yards for two family (duplexes).
    • Required front yard landscape areas include minimum planted areas (half of minimum landscape areas must be planted), and cannot be used for parking.

  • Requiring additional landscaping for multi‑family development with no commercial component in commercial zones (C-1, C-5, C-6, C-7).

  • Updating screening and fencing regulations as follows:
    • Increasing fence height from 1 m to 1.2 m for front yards, side street yards, and rear street yards where vehicular access is provided.
    • Distinguishing between yards and required yards (allowing 2 m fence outside required yard).
    • Removing 1 m setback for 2 m high fences on arterial roads.

  • Increasing the maximum fence height in industrial zones from 2 m to 2.5 m.

  • Prohibiting razor wire as a fencing material in all residential zones, and prohibiting barbed wire in all residential zones but the A1 (Agricultural) and Rural Residential zones.
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Zoning Bylaw No. 55 was adopted by Council on November 2, 2021. Consultation on this project has concluded. 

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