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Urban 3 - Infill Study

Infill Zoning Regulations - Bulletin
New Zones Take Effect December 20, 2019

Four  new residential infill zones have been created to implement the Urban Infill Study. This includes a new base zone (RS3-i), which will take effect within the Urban 3-Infill area on December 20, 2019. RS3-i will replace the existing RS3 zoning that applies to most Urban 3-Infill properties.  View the full bulletin here for details and to view the map highlighting the properties that will change from RS3 to RS3-i.

As per Bylaw 2953-2019, a ‘grace period’ is now in effect for building permit applications in the RS3 zone, until December 19, 2019. This grace period gives property owners with RS3 zoning in the Urban 3-Infill area time to submit an application for a single detached dwelling using the existing regulations, before the new RS3-i zone takes effect on December 20, 2019. 

About the Urban Infill Study

The Urban Infill Study is a planning process that applies to approximately 5,600 lots located within the "Infill Area", also known as the Urban 3-Infill land use category in the Official Community Plan (OCP). The purpose of the Study is to prepare new regulations and update policies for the housing options in this area.

The Study was completed in three stages between late 2017 and July 2019. Details about each stage of the planning process are provided below:

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Stage 1 – Background

Stage 1 included data collection, research and analysis of existing conditions. Staff presented a summary of findings to Council on February 19, 2018 and received direction from Council to proceed with the Study.

Please see Council Report PDS 020-2018 (item 6.8.1) for details about Stage 1, including a summary package and details about the interim approach for rezoning applications while the Study is underway. An informational project bulletin was released on February 20, 2018.

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Stage 2 – Options

Stage 2 included the preparation of infill housing options and community engagement. Open Houses were held May 15-17, 2018 to present the options and to hear feedback from the community. Information about the open houses is provided through the links below:

Staff presented a summary of community input to Council on June 18, 2018. Please see Council Report PDS 072-2018 (item 5.1) for details.

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Stage 3 – Regulations

Stage 3 includes the preparation of OCP policy, zoning regulations and voluntary design guidelines. On July 23, 2018, staff presented a first draft to Council (see Council Report PDS 080-2018 (item 6.8.1) and the presentation for details). Given the preliminary nature of the July 23 draft regulations – and the importance of ‘getting it right’ – staff were directed by Council to continue to research, prepare and test the draft material, and report back on the findings.

Staff presented an update to Council on May 6, 2019 (see Council Report PDS 042-2019 – item 6.8.2 and the presentation for details). This update included a summary of additional work completed since July 23, 2018, along with a refined set of draft policies and regulations.  

As directed by Council on May 6, staff prepared OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws to implement the Urban Infill Study, and introduced the Bylaws on May 27, 2019 (see Council Report PDS - 051-2019 - item 6.8.1 and the presentation for details). Council gave the Bylaws 1st and 2nd readings and scheduled a public hearing.

On June 24, 2019, Council held a Public Hearing on the proposed OCP and Zoning Amendment Bylaws. After the Hearing, Council deliberated and gave the Bylaws 3rd reading. Council adopted the Bylaws on July 22, 2019. The new policies and regulations can be viewed through the links below:

A Housing Options Handout is available to help property owners identify which infill options may be possible on their site, based on the adopted policies and regulations. Voluntary Design Guidelines are also available to provide design ideas and inspiration for projects within the Infill Area. A combined PDF containing both items is available here.

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