The Town is inviting residents and local businesses to provide their feedback on the proposed Land Use Bylaw. The community can provide feedback through an online survey that is open until December 7.
The bylaw has undergone a complete rewrite that dramatically simplifies the number of land use districts and the types of uses for the entire community. Every home or business owner is impacted by the Land Use Bylaw. Whether they are trying to determine how high to build a fence or where a new business can be built, this bylaw will direct where it can be located, what it needs to look like and what types of activities can happen.
Some of the most significant changes include more focus on the appearance of buildings, reducing the overall number of districts from 34 to 9, allowing for a greater mix of housing types in residential districts, and removing the requirement to provide a minimum number of parking spaces.
Simplifying the districts and uses also makes the Land Use Bylaw more functional as anyone can see what is allowed and not allowed and can therefore better understand how a proposed change fits into development rules.
The Town will incorporate the results from the engagement into the next draft, which will be considered by Council through a public hearing process in spring, 2021