Zoning Bylaw Review FAQs

1. What is a zoning bylaw?
2. How can I find out the current zoning of a property in the electoral areas?
3. Why is the zoning bylaw being reviewed?
4. What geographic area will the zoning bylaw review include?
5. How does the zoning bylaw review affect me?
6. How can I get involved in the zoning bylaw review?
7. What is the timing for the zoning bylaw review?
8. Will I be able to change the zoning of my property through this review process?
9. If you have any other questions regarding the zoning bylaw review?

1. 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.

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2. How can I find out the current zoning of a property in the electoral areas?

The current zoning bylaw is available here. The link to iMAP is available here .

Specific questions regarding the zoning of an individual property can be directed to the planning department at 250-334-6000 or email

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3. Why is the zoning bylaw being reviewed?

The current zoning bylaw was adopted in October 2005 and has since been amended 59 times. This review is an opportunity to bring the zoning bylaw into conformity with the new Official Community Plan, improve clarity and readability.

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4. What geographic area will the zoning bylaw review include?

The zoning bylaw review will include evaluation of all land use categories, permitted uses and regulations in Electoral Area A (not including Hornby and Denman Islands), Electoral Area B, and Electoral Area C.

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5. How does the zoning bylaw review affect me?

If you own, lease or rent property within the Comox Valley Regional District the zoning bylaw review could affect how you use your property. Every property in the electoral areas are regulated through the zoning bylaw (except for Hornby and Denman Islands). Changing the zoning bylaw will affect what residents are permitted to do on their land; in some cases will expand what is permitted, and in other cases, it may limit what is permitted. In order to find out how the changes may affect you, you can become involved in the review process as explained in question No. 6.

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6. How can I get involved in the zoning bylaw review?

An open house will be held in each electoral area during the consultation period to introduce the project, to provide an additional opportunity for the public to obtain information about the zoning review and to obtain public input from interested stakeholders. The open houses will begin in June 2017. Please check back for dates and meeting details as they will be posted once scheduled here.

Your comments, questions and concerns throughout the zoning bylaw review process are always welcome and should be directed: herel.

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7. What is the timing for the zoning bylaw review?

The zoning bylaw review is an extensive process which involves significant stakeholder consultation and public involvement. The final draft of the new zoning bylaw is not expected to be complete until September 2017. The work program for the zoning bylaw review is as follows:

Task Completion date
Project initiated October 2015
Status report to EASC  November 9, 2015
Present key issues to be addressed and consultation plan approval to EASC March 2017
Phase 1 of consultation: public launch March 2017 through July 2017
Phase 2 of consultation: preparation of draft bylaw/legal review March through August 2017
Phase 3 of consultation: statutory adoption process
Present draft zoning to EASC and report on results of open house and legal review. Request for external agency referral September 2017
First and second reading of zoning bylaw. Set public hearing date  November 2017
Public hearing  January 2018
EASC review of public hearing report/third reading of zoning bylaw  February 2018 
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approval  February 2018
Final adoption  March 2018

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8. 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.

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9. If you have any other questions regarding the zoning bylaw review please contact:

Comox Valley Regional District
Planning and Development Services Branch
600 Comox Road, Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
Tel:  250-334-6000
Fax: 250-334-8156
Email

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