Coldstream adopts bylaw to increase housing density

The updated bylaw brings the district into compliance with the province’s new housing requirements

The District of Coldstream has aligned itself with new provincial regulations aimed at increasing the housing supply in B.C.

At its latest meeting Monday, June 24, the district’s council adopted an updated zoning bylaw to comply with the province’s new requirements coming out of the Homes for People plan, which mandates increased density on residential properties outside the Agriculture Land Reserve. 

“The new bylaw is intended to be easier to use for residents and builders, consolidating the number of small lot residential zones from twelve to just two, based on a property’s access to district water and sewer services,” Coldstream said in a media release Thursday, June 27. 

“All residential lots in the district will now be able to install a secondary suite, subject to building permit requirements.”

Residential lots outside the Agriculture Land Reserve that are tied into sewer systems in the district are now also allowed to build up to four residential units, subject to sufficient water for fire flow, the district said.

For those who want to learn more, a copy of the bylaw is available on the district’s website. People can also contact the district’s planning staff at planner@coldstream.ca

In May, the City of Vernon made a similar move by updating its zoning bylaw ahead of the implementation of the new provincial housing legislation, Bill 44 — Housing Statutes (Residential Development) Amendment Act; and Bill 47  — Housing Statutes (Transit-Oriented Areas) Amendment Act. The new bylaw has an effect on zoning amendments, development permits, subdivisions and building permit

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