Provincial legislations force creation of new Vernon zoning bylaw

More than 10,000 lots affected by new B.C. laws; public hearing on bylaw set for Monday, June 10

Provincial legislation resulting in the creation of a new City of Vernon zoning bylaw will have far-reaching affect.

City planner Matt Faucher outlined the proposed new zoning bylaw 6000 – which will replace zoning bylaw 5000, created 20 years ago in 2004.

“This is where we’re starting the conversation, not finishing it,” said Faucher, at Monday’s regular meeting of council, May 27. “There is still a lot of work to do.”

The new bylaw addresses provincial legislative requirements of Bill 44 (residential development) and Bill 47 (transit-oriented areas).

City staff are taking a three-phased approach to the new bylaw:

• Design it, and have it in place by the province’s mandated deadline of June 30;

• Refine it over the next year, by updating sections not covered by the provincial housing legislation, reviewing community feedback, and correcting possible errors or unintended outcomes created by the changes; and

• Align the bylaw to reflect the Official Community Plan (OCP), Transportation Plan (TP) and Housing Needs Report to ensure zoning supports city growth over the next 20 years. The alignment will be completed between summer 2025 and the end of the year 2025.

Faucher said the province’s June 30 deadline that all B.C. zoning bylaws comply with new legislation means city staff had three months to completely redesign the city’s zoning framework to implement the new laws, address ripple effects created by the legislation, and apply new zones to properties throughout the city.

Staff released current statistics under the old bylaw which show 13,906 total lots in 59 zones. The number of lots impacted by provincial legislation is 10,232, or 73.5 per cent of the city’s lots, and does not include mixed use development or the transit-oriented areas.

The new bylaw shows there would be 18 zones in place.

A public hearing on the matter has been set for June 10 following the regular meeting of council. It will be the public’s only chance to speak on the new bylaw at this stage.

”Due to the tight timelines set by the province, the design phase of Zoning Bylaw 6000 was not able to incorporate public consultation beyond the public hearing proposed for June 10,” said Faucher. “However, Phase 2 (Refine) and Phase 3 (Align) will incorporate public consultation through the OCP and TP update processes.

“By the end of 2025, as per provincial legislation, Zoning Bylaw 6000 will be aligned to implement the future vision of Vernon established through the development of the OCP and TP.”

Key changes in new zoning bylaw 6000 include consolidation of definitions and regulations; removal of repetitive and unnecessary content; reorganization of the bylaw to provide a format that is easily interpreted and user-friendly; and implementation of provincial housing legislation.

“This is fantastic work,” said Coun. Brian Quiring. “To put this together in three months is amazing. It satisfies the requirements and it’s cleaned up everything in the old bylaw.”

Mayor Victor Cumming expressed a number of concerns in regards to the proposed new bylaw, but ultimately voted along with the others to pass first and second reading.

Coun. Kari Gares was absent from the meeting.

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