Key Proposed Changes for Multi-family Residential Development

In the proposed Zoning Bylaw, the RC-1 (Comprehensive Residential-1), MH (Mobile Home), and RM (Multi-Family) zones have been grouped into a new “Multi-Family Zones” section.

Key proposed changes for multi-family development include the following:

  • A more logical naming and sequencing of zones and removal of the existing MHS (Mobile Home Subdivision) zone (merged with proposed RS4 zone).

  • Added zoning regulations for mobile homes in the MHP (Mobile Home Park) zone to replace the Mobile Home Park bylaw (which will be rescinded).

  • Reduced minimum lot sizes to support small-scale infill development.

  • Allowance for fee simple row housing in some multi-family zones (proposed RM3 and RM4 zones, currently RM-2 and RM-2A) where access is provided from a lane, with reduced minimum frontage requirements from 23 m to 18 m and with side yard setbacks reduced from 4.5 m to 1.5 for two-storey high row houses.

  • Increased maximum area of accessory buildings on bare land strata lots from 10 m2 to 12% of bare land strata lot area to a maximum of 80 m2.

  • Updated “commercial conversions” regulations for proposed RM4 zone (current RM-2A zone) allows a dwelling unit in conjunction with limited commercial use.

  • Allowed limited commercial development in the RM5 zone (current RM-3 zone) in conjunction with high density residential development.

  • Reduced minimum rear yard setbacks from 7.5 m to 6 m on lots backing onto a lane.

  • Added multi-family residential as a permitted use in all shopping centres and other commercial areas, consistent with KAMPLAN (see the Commercial Development section for details).

  • Added allowance for a “density bonus” (25% increase in the maximum number of units per hectare and maximum floor area ratio permitted) in the proposed RM3, RM4, and RM5 zones where the additional units are provided as market rental housing, affordable market rental housing, below market rental housing, or social housing units.
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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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