Key Proposed Changes in Overall Structure and Format

The proposed Zoning Bylaw is based on existing Zoning Bylaw 5-1-2001 in terms of overall content and organization, but includes some key differences in terms of structure and format.

Highlights of these changes include the following:

  • Modern, simplified formatting, updated definitions, and inclusion of illustrations create a more user-friendly document.

  • Within each zone, permitted uses are broken down into “Principal Uses” and “Accessory Uses”, while regulations are broken down between “Subdivision Regulations” and “Development Regulations” for greater clarity and ease of navigation.

  • Related zones have been grouped together for ease of navigation – for example the A1 (Agriculture), FD (Future Development), and RE (Resource Extraction), and CR- (Country Residential) zones have been combined into a “Agricultural and Rural Residential Zones” section.

  • Redundant zones—the existing P-7 (Funeral Homes), RS-5 (Single Family Residential-5), C-3T (Truck Travel Centre Commercial), MHS (Mobile Home Subdivision), and C-9 (Hotel/Convention Centre) —have been eliminated to create a more succinct document.

  • Parking and Landscaping regulations have been moved from the back of the bylaw to the front as they apply to all properties in the City.

  • Residential zones are listed sequentially based on minimum lot size to create a more logical document.

  • Addition of inclusive land use categories and a wider range of non-obtrusive permitted uses within each zone (e.g. “retail trade” replaces limited retail uses in several commercial zones and the I2 (General Industrial) zone will allow “light industry” as well as “general industry”) provides increased choice of location for businesses to operate and allows for the elimination of dozens of site-specific permitted uses, making for a bylaw that is more succinct and readable.

  • Updated wording reflects current land use trends and changes in legislation such as the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and the Community Care and Assisted Living Act.

  • Application of appropriate zoning for properties that are subject to land use contracts as the Province requires that local governments adopt zoning for properties that are subject to land use contracts by June 30, 2022, in anticipation of provincial termination of all land use contracts as of June 30, 2024.
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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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