Village of Nakusp Zoning Bylaw Update
Community members and residents will be engaged throughout the update process to ensure the Bylaw is inclusive and addresses the concerns of the community, delivering a final Zoning Bylaw that is user-friendly, clear, intuitively formatted, and easily interpreted.
It is essential for community stakeholders to be engaged throughout the Bylaw update process to ensure all concerns are addressed, as well as to achieve a strong understanding of the key issues at hand. In addition to regular internal meetings and strategy sessions with Village staff and Council, the following engagement opportunities will be conducted as part of the Bylaw update process:
- Virtual Public Webinar (July 27, 2021)
A public webinar with a question-and-answer period will be held on July 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. to provide residents of Nakusp with an overview of the process and to address any questions about key zoning issues. This webinar will be recorded and posted on the Zoning Bylaw webpage (http://nakusp.com/municipal-services/new-zoning-bylaw-2021/)
Want to attend? Register for the virtual event here: https://nakuspzoningbylawwebinar.eventbrite.ca
- Online Survey (July 27 – August 15, 2021)
Following the public webinar, a community-wide online survey will be available for residents to offer input on key topic areas.
- Policy Alternatives Focus Session (September 2021)
A virtual working focus group will be engaged in a session to discuss draft recommendations to the Zoning Bylaw, confirm and clarify direction, and brainstorm potential solutions to issues that arise.
- Draft Bylaw Review (Fall 2021)
Along with staff and Council, the community will have the opportunity to review and provide input on the draft Bylaw.
Time and date to be posted soon!
First and Second Reading (Winter 2022)
The proposed Bylaw will be presented to Council in a virtual first and second reading.
Time and date to be posted soon!
- Public Hearing (Spring 2022)
As the final step in the Zoning Bylaw update process, a virtual public hearing will be held where the proposed Zoning Bylaw will be presented to Council and the public.
Time and date to be posted soon!
Phase One – Orientation and Analysis (July – September 2021)
The project will commence with the review of existing documents such as the Official Community Plan, Downtown Revitalization Plan, and Strategic Plan to inform the new Zoning Bylaw. Regular meetings with Village staff and Council will be held to understand key issues, provide clarification, and advise Bylaw direction.
A public webinar with a question-and-answer period will be held on July 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. to provide residents with an overview of the process and to address any questions about key zoning issues. The webinar will be followed by a community wide online survey, which will provide an opportunity for residents to offer input on key topic areas.
Phase Two – Draft Bylaw (September – November 2021)
In this phase, a draft Bylaw informed by the input received from the public webinar, survey, and discussions with the policy alternatives focus group, staff, and Council will be developed. The draft Bylaw will be presented to the community, Council, and staff for input and review.
Phase Three – Bylaw Adoption (December 2021 – March 2022)
The final phase will begin with a revision of the Bylaw, according to direction received from the community, Council, and staff in Phase Two. A legal review will be conducted, followed by final revisions in preparation for adoption by Council. Once necessary revisions are completed, the Bylaw will be presented to Council during a virtual meeting at which time they will be asked to give the Bylaw first and second reading. The final step of the project is a virtual public hearing where the proposed Zoning Bylaw will be presented to Council and the public.
What is a Zoning Bylaw?
A Zoning Bylaw regulates the use of land within Village limits. It is a set of rules that determine how land can and can’t be used and what can and can’t be built. It is made of up two basic parts: maps and regulations. Maps divide our community into different zones, whereas regulations identify what uses are permitted in each zone, and what rules buildings must meet, such as height, setbacks, and density.
Zoning Bylaws assign zones to all land within a municipality and specifies what activities are permitted within each zone, such as:
- Land Use: What can my land be used for? What types of buildings and structures are permitted? Does my zone allow for a secondary suite?
- Density: How many units or uses can fit on my property?
- Siting: Where can my building or structure sit on my land?
- Dimensions: How big can my building be? How tall can I build my fence?
- Shape: What size can my lot be if I subdivide?
- Other: How many parking spaces do I need to provide for my bed and breakfast? What type of signage can I use to advertise my business?
Why do we need a Zoning Bylaw?
A zoning bylaw implements Official Community Plan policies and provides a legal framework to manage land use and future development in the community.
Where can I find the current Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map?
The Village’s current Zoning Bylaw can be found here.
The Village’s current Zoning Map can be found here.
Why does the current Zoning Bylaw need to be updated?
The Village’s current Bylaw was adopted in 2008 and has since been amended many times. Since the adoption of the current Zoning Bylaw, the Village has also adopted a Downtown Revitalization Plan in 2017 and a new Official Community Plan in 2021. Significant community engagement was conducted as a part of the Official Community Plan process to develop a document that reflects Nakusp’s values, while also providing a vision for the Village’s future planning and land use management. Updating the Zoning Bylaw is an integral step in implementing the vision of the Official Community Plan.
The update will ensure that the new Bylaw is consistent with the newly adopted 2021 Official Community Plan, create a more certain process and outcome for landowners and developers and supports sustainable land use policy. As the Village undergoes growth and change over time, the Zoning Bylaw must adapt to these changes as the community evolves.
How will I be affected by the Zoning Bylaw?
Updating the Zoning Bylaw can impact what property owners are permitted to do on their land. The Zoning Bylaw can change and update fence heights, setbacks from property lines, the number of required parking spaces, and where industrial uses are located, among other issues. This is an important Bylaw to all community members in the municipality and the Village is committed to informing the community about the changes that are being posed. This Zoning Bylaw update will reflect the public and stakeholder input to the greatest extent possible, while also ensuring alignment with the Official Community Plan.
What is evaluated when updating Zoning Bylaws?
When updating a zoning bylaw, the following are considered:
- Consistency with objectives and policies in the Official Community Plan
- Relevant municipal bylaws and policies
- Key local issues or challenges such as short-term rentals, affordable and attainable housing, and parking requirements
- Input from the community, Village staff, Mayor and Council, and key community stakeholders
Are the changes in the Zoning Bylaw final?
No, zoning bylaws can be amended as the Village undergoes growth and change.
How can I get more information and be involved in the Zoning Bylaw process?
A virtual public webinar will be held on July 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. to inform residents about the Zoning Bylaw update process and ask for feedback from residents on key Zoning Bylaw issues. There will be a presentation with a question-and-answer period.
We encourage you to attend the public hearing in Spring 2022, where the proposed Bylaw will be presented to Council and the public.
Following the public webinar, there will be a community wide online survey available for residents to offer more in-depth input on key topic areas.
Please refer back to this web page throughout the process for project updates.