Residential Zone Update
As part of on-going work related to the preparation of a single Okanagan Valley Electoral Area Zoning Bylaw, the Regional District is undertaking a review of existing Residential Zones as well as supporting objectives and policies in the Okanagan Electoral Area Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaws.
Phase 1 of this project involves a review of existing objective and policies contained in the OCP Bylaws for residential development and ensuring that these are consistent in terms of layout, formatting and description of common Board objectives and policies across Electoral Areas and is further proposing to review and make consistent the Residential Multiple Family (RM1) zones.
By way of example, the following is an example of a consistent policy statement in relation to the types of dwelling types and use associated with the Low Density Residential (LR) designation:
Generally supports the use of lands designated Low Density Residential (LR) identified in Schedule ‘B’ (Official Community Plan Map) for single detached dwellings, duplexes, secondary suites, manufactured homes, parks, religious buildings and facilities, institutional buildings, local convenience stores and other uses that fit with the low density residential character of the designation.
Similarly, the following is an example of a consistent policy statement in relation to the types of dwelling types and use associated with the Medium Density Residential (MR) designation:
Generally supports the use of lands designated Medium Density Residential (MR) identified in Schedule ‘B’ (Official Community Plan Map) for multi-family developments, including triplexes, fourplexes, townhouses and apartment buildings that fit with the residential intent of the designation.
Other amendments to the LR & MR designations include consistent density allowances of 30 units/ha for single deatched dwellings, 45 units/ha for duplex dwelling units and 60 units/ha for apartment building and townhouses.
With regard to the proposed changes to the RM1 Zone, it is being proposed to standardize minimum densities, maximum densities, floor area ratios, setbacks and parcel coverage of the RM1 zonee across Electoral Areas. This will result in, amongst other things, the following:
- amended and new definitions for “amenity space”, “apartment building” and “townhouse”;
- replacing references to “multi-dwelling units” with “apartment building” and “townhouse”;
- deleting low density dwellings (i.e. single detached & duplexes) as permitted types/uses;
- deleting references to a minimum density of 3 dwelling units in the RM1 Zone;
- introducing a minimum floor area of 40 m2 for dwelling units;
- deleting Floor Area Ratio (FAR) requirements;
- revising the amenity space requirements “apartment building” and “townhouse” units; and
- combining the RM1 & RM2 Zones in Electoral Area “F”;
- introducing a new Comprehensive Development Zone for a “share lot” development in Area “D”.
Amendment Bylaw Status
|Draft Documents||Public Consultation||Regional District Board Consideration|
Draft Amendment Bylaw:
Draft Amendment Bylaw No. 2804
Propoerty Owner Notification:
Owners of properties zoned RM1 were
Notice of Public Hearing
Planning & Development Committee
Administrative Report (For Information Only)
Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):