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Why was the zoning bylaw reviewed?

The previous zoning bylaw was adopted in October 2005 and had since been amended 59 times. The 2017 review was an opportunity to bring the zoning bylaw into conformity with the most recent Official Community Plan and Regional Growth Strategy.

What geographic areas did the zoning bylaw review include?

The zoning bylaw review included evaluation of all land use categories, permitted uses and regulations in all three electoral areas of the Comox Valley Regional District:

  • Baynes Sound – Denman/Hornby Islands (Electoral Area A)*
  • Lazo North (Electoral Area B)
  • Puntledge – Black Creek (Electoral Area C)

* The review process did not include Denman Island or Hornby Island.

How does the zoning bylaw review affect me?

If you own, lease or rent property within one of the Comox Valley Regional District’s three electoral areas, the change in zoning bylaw affects what you are permitted to do on your land. In some cases the review expanded what is permitted, and in other cases it limited what is permitted.

What was the timing for the zoning bylaw review?

A zoning bylaw review is an extensive process that involved significant stakeholder consultation and public involvement. The review is ongoing.

Am I able to change the zoning of my property now that the review process is complete?

Zoning bylaw reviews are intended to capture broad interest rather than deal with property-specific requests or individual proposals. A rezoning on an individual property will continue to require an independent rezoning application under the Local Government Act, which includes agency and stakeholder circulation and a formal public consultation process.

What is a zoning bylaw?

The regional district is divided into ‘zones’. The zoning bylaw controls the use of land in electoral areas A, B and C. A zoning bylaw states:

  • how land and buildings may be used;
  • where buildings and other structures may be located;
  • types of buildings permitted;
  • minimum lot sizes and dimensions; and
  • building heights and setbacks.
Will I be able to change the zoning of my property through this review process?

All zone categories will be reviewed through the zoning bylaw review. The zoning bylaw review is intended to capture broad interest rather that dealing with property specific requests or individual proposals. A rezoning on an individual property will continue to require an independent rezoning application under the Local Government Act which includes agency and stakeholder circulation and a formal public consultation process.