Key Proposed Changes for General and Specific Use Regulations

In the proposed Zoning Bylaw, the existing "General Regulations" section has been replaced with a new "General and Specific Use Regulations" section.

Key proposed changes for general and specific use regulations include the following:

  • A new section on telecommunications towers prohibits new towers in residential zones and clarifies that they should comply with the maximum structure height and minimum setback requirements of the zone (It should be noted that telecommunication towers are federally regulated and as such are encouraged, rather than required, to comply with zoning regulations).

  • Home-based business regulations allow customers to come to the residence of a one-person, home-based business limited to personal services such as a hair dresser or esthetician, personal training, pet grooming, or photography. In suburban and rural residential zones, customers may also come to the residence to obtain agricultural products.

  • Use of shipping containers for storage, which is currently limited to industrial zones, will be allowed in all zones on a temporary basis in conjunction with construction or moving location of a household or business. Permanent placement of shipping containers will not be allowed in any urban or suburban residential zones, but will be allowed in agricultural, rural, commercial, or industrial zones subject to regulations on number, size, siting, and public safety.

  • The building height for carriage and garden suites will be measured from the average finished grade to the mid-point of the roof like all other building types in Kamloops, rather than the current measurement of the lowest elevation to highest peak.

  • A new regulation stating that no habitable portion of a multifamily unit may be located within the 200-year flood plain.

  • Added allowance for increased building projections into setbacks for solar protection and increased insulation for the BC Step Code and updated language regarding cantilevered projections to provide increased opportunities for articulation of building face in multifamily development.

  • Added “density bonus” section allowing increased residential density (floor area ratio or units/ha) in conjunction with multi-family development where market rental housing, affordable market rental housing, below market rental housing, or social housing units are provided.
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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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