(PQB News file photo)

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Regional District of Nanaimo refining its current land-use and subdivision bylaw

Draft of new bylaw being presented to RDN board

The Regional District of Nanaimo is looking at updating and refining its land-use and subdivision bylaw to make it easier to administer and enforce.

A draft of proposed zoning bylaw No. 2500 to replace Bylaw 500 was presented to the electoral area services committee recently for recommendation to the RDN board, to allow the report to be released to the public, and to direct a formal public engagement to be held after the fall’s local government election.

A consultant was hired to review and update Bylaw 500 to address common issues and to improve some components that are unclear and inconsistent. It aims to ensure that land-use and development is regulated in an effective way in regions including Electoral Area A (Cedar, South Wellington, Yellowpoint, Cassidy), Area C (Extension, Nanaimo Lakes, East Wellington, Pleasant Valley), Area E (Nanoose Bay), Area G (Englishman River, San Pareil, French Creek, Little Qualicum & Dashwood) and Area H (Bowser, Qualicum Bay, Deep Bay).

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Some of the proposed changes focus on document usability, building heights, structures and shipping containers, setbacks, secondary suites, the Horne Lake Comprehensive Development Zone 29 (CD29), zone consolidation and general housekeeping.

The plan is to refine the draft bylaw following public engagement and prior to bylaw introduction.

— NEWS Staff

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