In 2016, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) began the review the Comox Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 2781, adopted in 2005, to align the CVRD’s zoning regulations with the policies and goals set out in the Official Community Plan (adopted in 2014) and the Regional Growth Strategy (adopted in 2011).

Bylaw No. 2781 applies to all three electoral areas within the CVRD. The municipalities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland have their own zoning bylaws.

The key policy themes underlying the bylaw review include:

  • Modernization for clarity, interpretation and administration
  • Support for agriculture and aquaculture
  • Support for rural living
  • Support for aging in place
  • Incorporating sustainable features for example use of solar panels and wind turbines
  • Support for rural economic development

Other initiatives including cannabis cultivation, processing/sales and short term vacation rental use are not included within this review process and will be addressed separately at a future date.

Project Timeline

  • March 19, 2019 : CVRD Board approved the consultation plan.
  • May 2019: Public Open Houses to review the draft bylaw and provide feedback to CVRD planning staff.
    • May 6, 2019: Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association (3:30 - 7 pm)
    • May 16, 2019: Oyster River Fire Hall (3:30 - 7 pm)
    • May 22, 2019: CVRD Boardroom (3:30 - 7pm) 
  • June 10, 2019: The proposed draft zoning bylaw was presented to the Electoral Area Services Committee including a request to begin external and First Nation referrals. 
  • July 15, 2019: The draft Zoning Bylaw being presented to the Electoral Area Services Committee for first and second reading and recommend that a public hearing date be set. The proposed date for the Public Hearing is scheduled for August 28, 2019. Click here to view staff report.
  • August 28, 2019: Public Hearing Comox Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 520, 2019 (7:00 pm)

Frequently Asked Questions  Draft Zoning Bylaw

We Want To Hear From You
Public Engagement Opportunities

The CVRD Board on March 19, 2019 approved the comprehensive zoning bylaw review consultation plan. As part of this review process, CVRD planning staff will be hosting public open houses in May. The drop-in style open houses are open to everyone to attend. Come by to review the draft zoning bylaw, ask questions of CVRD planning staff and provide your feedback.

  • May 6, 2019 (3:30 - 7 pm): Union Bay Community Club and Recreation Association, 5401 South Island Highway, Union Bay 
  • May 16, 2019 (3:30 - 7 pm): Oyster River Fire Hall, 2241 Catherwood Road, Black Creek
  • May 22, 2019 (3:30 - 7 pm)CVRD Boardroom, 550B Comox Road


Not able to attend an open house? 

Comments and questions can be directed to:
Ton Trieu, Manager of Planning Services
Tel: 250-334-6021

Written submissions may be mailed to:
Comox Valley Regional District
Planning and Development Services Branch
Attn: Zoning Bylaw Review
600 Comox Road, Courtenay BC, V9N 3P6