The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating a land-use bylaw for rural areas. (News Bulletin file photo)

The Regional District of Nanaimo is updating a land-use bylaw for rural areas. (News Bulletin file photo)

RDN’s rural residents asked for input into land use

Regional district wants to discuss building heights, setbacks and more

Rural-area residents are invited to engagement sessions to have a say in land-use bylaws that would affect their electoral areas.

The Regional District of Nanaimo is working on amending a zoning bylaw that regulates the use of land, buildings and structures in five of the seven electoral areas.

“[It] 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,” noted an RDN press release. “At more than 36 years old, Bylaw 500 is outdated in many areas.”

Residents can review the land use and subdivision bylaw and give their views on the draft via an online survey until Dec. 31, and through virtual public meetings.

A general meeting was held earlier this week, but there are still two more sessions. Building heights will be discussed Thursday, Nov. 24, from 6-8 p.m. and setbacks and structures will be discussed Nov. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

The RDN says any 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.

The bylaw, when adopted, will apply in Area A (Cedar-South Wellington), Area C (Extension-East Wellington), Area E (Nanoose Bay), Area G (French Creek), and Area H (Bowser).

To learn more, review the draft bylaw or to access links to the survey and public meetings, visit http://getinvolved.rdn.ca/bylaw-500-review.

READ ALSO: Regional District of Nanaimo looking to update ‘inconsistent, unclear’ land-use bylaw



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