Subdivision & Development Servicing Bylaw Update

The City of Courtenay is updating the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw. The bylaw regulates the provision of works and services related to subdivision and development of land within the City of Courtenay, and has not had major updates for almost 30 years. Courtenay City Council supports reviewing the current development process to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. 

Draft  Subdivision and Development Servicing bylaw [PDF - 5 MB]

This update will modernize the bylaw to meet current community needs through updated engineering design guidelines, construction specifications and detailed drawings. In general, the bylaw does the following:

  1. regulates and prescribes minimum standards for the dimensions, locations, alignment and gradient of highways in connection with subdivisions of land;
  2. requires that, within a subdivision, highways, sidewalks, boulevards, boulevard crossings, transit bays, street lighting or underground wiring be provided, located and constructed in accordance with the standards established by the bylaw;
  3. requires that, within a subdivision, a water distribution system, a fire hydrant system, a sewage collection system, a sewage disposal system, a drainage collection system or a drainage disposal system be provided, located and constructed in accordance with the standards established in the bylaw.

The objectives of the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw update are to:

  • Provide common expectations and requirements for all new developments in the City;
  • Identify base requirements for infrastructure to be provided with new development; and,
  • Formalize the current infrastructure practices of the City

The Subdivision Development Servicing Bylaw update increases fairness and transparency in the development process by clearly articulating the design and construction specifications for new infrastructure.

A copy of the draft proposed bylaw, supplementary design guidelines, construction specifications and detailed drawings as well as a link to the associated MMCD documents can be found at the links below:

Master Municipal Construction Documents Association website  (external link)

DRAFT Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw 2016 [PDF - 5 MB]

Based on the feedback we receive from various stakeholders (Council, the Development community and the Public) will determine the process for Council’s consideration of bylaw adoption.