(updated December 10, 2013)
The District of West Kelowna is currently engaged in a thorough review of Zoning Bylaw No. 871, which was inherited from the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) at the time of incorporation in December 2007.
Staff proposes that RDCO Bylaw No. 871 be replaced with the updated District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw No. 0154.
On December 10, 2013, Council gave third reading to Zoning Bylaw No. 0154 and related Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 100.23.
Council can receive no further input on the proposed bylaw at this time, due to the conclusion of the public hearing process.
Staff is also reviewing and preparing other bylaw amendments to be read concurrently with the Draft Zoning Bylaw. These amendments pertain to the Traffic Bylaw, Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw and the Bylaw Notice Enforcement Bylaw.
Council will complete the Zoning Bylaw Review process as follows:
Refer bylaw to B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; and,
Consider adoption of District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw No. 0154 and OCP Amendment Bylaw No 100.23.
Adopt other bylaw amendments as required
WHAT IS A ZONING BYLAW?
Zoning bylaws are authorized under the Local Government Act (Division 7) to enable municipalities to regulate land use and implement the objectives of an Official Community Plan.
As a regulatory tool, zoning bylaws specify permitted uses for different areas of the community and assign specific regulations to these areas to guide development. For example, zoning bylaws include regulations with regard to density as well as the site locations and sizes of buildings.
Property owners seeking to develop or redevelop their property should consult the District of West Kelowna Zoning Bylaw to determine the permitted regulations for the zone that applies to their lot(s) or contact the Planning Department at 778-797-8830.
ZONING BYLAW REVIEW
The District of West Kelowna has initiated a review of its Zoning Bylaw. The existing bylaw was inherited from the Regional District of Central Okanagan and was last substantially reviewed and updated in 2000.
To learn more about the Zoning Bylaw and the Zoning Bylaw Review, please see responses to Frequently Asked Questions.
In July 2011, the District of West Kelowna adopted its first Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Zoning Bylaw had to be reviewed to reflect the policy directions identified in the new OCP. The municipality developed a variety of master plans such as the Agriculture Plan, Waterfront Plan and Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan to assist in providing a further framework for the update to the Zoning Bylaw. The review of the Zoning Bylaw addressed a number of technical and operational issues associated with the existing bylaw to create a clear and consistent, user-friendly document for both staff and the community. The review of the Zoning Bylaw will be completed in 2014.
The Zoning Bylaw Review has included:
Third reading on December 10, 2013
Public hearing on November 26, 2013
Second reading on October 29, 2013
First reading on October 8, 2013
A presentation to council on September 24, 2013
An online survey to obtain community feedback in June and July 2013.
A community open house on June 13, 2013:
A presentation to Council on May 21, 2013:
A presentation to Council on August 14, 2012:
A presentation to Council on May 15, 2012:
Input on Home Based Business Regulations in May 2012.
An Agricultural Workshop on March 28, 2012:
A presentation to Council on February 21, 2012:
For further information on the Zoning Bylaw Review, please contact the District of West Kelowna’s Development Services Division: