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2012 Residential Development

District of Summerland, British Columbia

Zoning Bylaw Review and Update

Objective

To update zoning bylaws to focus on denser communities, preserve agricultural land and make the best possible use of land already serviced with municipal sewer and water systems.


Initiative

The district adopted the updated Zoning Bylaw in September 2011, along with minor updates to the Official Community Plan to allow higher densities and new intensification zones. A new Community Climate Action Plan aims to "minimize urban sprawl and promote compact, energy-efficient development with access to amenities within walking and cycling distance." These efforts aim to lower GHG emissions and land degradation related to urban sprawl, save money with less new infrastructure, and make public transit a more viable option.

Highlights

  • The bylaw passed with broad support — a clear indicator of a successful public process.
  • Intensification is permitted only in areas with existing services.
  • Interest in new residential neighbourhoods should result in a new development application in 2012
  • New permits for carriage houses will create more affordable rental housing.

Resources

Page Updated: 21/12/2015