Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw Review
What are zoning bylaws?
Zoning bylaws are authorized under section 479 of the Local Government Act (LGA) to enable regional districts to regulate land use and implement the objectives of an official community plan (OCP) [PDF - 4.2 MB] .
As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas in the regional district and assign regulations to these areas to guide development. Zoning regulates a number of property-development matters including:
- identifying how land may be used;
- setting maximum and minimum building heights and densities;
- defining building locations, including setbacks; and
- establishing minimum lot sizes.
Section 479 does not provide the authority to regulate matters such as nuisance, colour, architectural theme or aesthetics. Zoning bylaws cannot regulate the people who may occupy a building, nor the relationship between the occupants.
Why do a zoning bylaw review?
The Comox Valley Regional District is reviewing the zoning bylaw [PDF - 2.1 MB] which was adopted in 2005, to align the regional district’s zoning regulations with the policies and goals in the OCP (adopted in 2014) and the Regional Growth Strategy (adopted in 2011). The zoning bylaw applies to the three electoral areas. Note the municipalities of Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland have their own zoning bylaws.
The key policy themes that underlie the bylaw review include:
- modernize for clarity, interpretation and administration;
- support agriculture and aquaculture;
- support rural living;
- support aging in place;
- enable implementation of sustainability principles through solar panel and wind energy devices; and
- support rural economic development.
Objectives of the review
Develop a zoning bylaw that:
- implements the objectives and policies of the OCP;
- simplifies zoning regulations;
- responds to emerging planning and development trends; and
- improves clarity and readability
The Comox Valley Regional District will be engaging the community and key stakeholders in 2017 to obtain feedback and input on the zoning review.
Engagement will be divided into three phases:
Zoning Bylaw Review Documents
If you have any questions regarding the zoning bylaw review please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the planning and development services branch at 250-334-6000.
We want to hear from you. Here are a few ways to get involved:
- Attend meetings and events. Meetings and events will be posted once scheduled.
- Comments and questions can be directed to:
Assistant Manager of Planning Services
- 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
- Email comments to: