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Input from residents sought for Regional District of Nanaimo zoning bylaw updates

Feeback can be provided through online survey, public meetings
(PQB News file photo)

Residents are being invited to provide input on the Regional District of Nanaimo’s plan to amend its zoning bylaw that regulates the use of land, buildings and structures in five of the seven electoral areas.

They can review Land Use and Subdivision Bylaw No. 500, 1987 (Bylaw 500) and give their views on the draft via an online survey until Dec. 31, 2022, and through three upcoming virtual public meetings as follows:

• Nov. 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topic: All bylaw focus areas. Who: Opportunity for community members to learn about, ask questions, and provide comments on any of the proposed changes.

• Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Topic: Building Heights. Who: Primarily for stakeholders who use the bylaw frequently and those who wish to focus more on building heights. All community members are welcome.

• Nov. 28 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Topic: Setbacks and Structures. Who: Primarily for stakeholders who use the bylaw frequently and those who wish to focus more on setbacks and structures. All community members are welcome.

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The feedback collected through the survey and virtual public meetings will be used to recommend changes to the draft zoning bylaw prior to presenting it to the RDN board for first and second reading.

Bylaw 500 covers a wide range of rules that all property owners must follow when developing or using private lands. This includes land and building use, building heights, home-based businesses, secondary suites and more. At more than 36 years old, Bylaw 500 is outdated in many areas.

When the update is complete, the bylaw will better reflect the range of land uses and building types that are in demand today in the following five electoral areas:

• Electoral Area A (Cedar, Yellow Point, Cassidy, South Wellington)

• Electoral Area C (Extension, Nanaimo Lakes, Jingle Pot)

• Electoral Area E (Nanoose, Fairwinds, Red Gap)

• Electoral Area G (Englishman River, San Pareil, French Creek, Little Qualicum, Dashwood)

• Electoral Area H (Bowser, Horne Lake, Deep Bay, Qualicum Bay)

To learn more about the project, read the draft bylaw and for links to the survey and public meetings, visit

— NEWS Staff

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