Zoning Bylaw

What is a Zoning Bylaw?

The Zoning Bylaw is the key tool used in implementing and regulating land use in the City of Courtenay. The Zoning Bylaw establishes where uses and buildings can occur, and at what densities.  Regulations are also created for different uses, locations and siting requirements.

The approach taken in recent years has been to only rezone properties based on a proposal presented to and accepted by Council. This provides a greater level of certainty to Council and to the public and has allowed the City to achieve significant amenities, particularly for parks and open spaces, and for affordable housing.

How to make a Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application

A zoning amendment is required when a proposed land use is not permitted under the current zoning for a property.

Under the Development Application Procedures Bylaw, applicants are required to erect a Public Notice Sign on the property and are also required to conduct a Neighbourhood Public Information Meeting before the application proceeds to council for consideration.

Prior to submitting any application, you are advised to discuss the proposal including specific application requirements for your project and required fees with Planning Division Staff.