Subdivision & Development Servicing Bylaw Update

The City of Courtenay is updating the Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw. The bylaw regulates the subdivision and development of land within the City of Courtenay, and outlines standards for works and services. The existing bylaw was introduced around 30 years ago. Courtenay City Council supports reviewing the current development process to increase its efficiency and effectiveness. 

Draft Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw [PDF - 9.7 MB]

Draft Updated November 2017

This update will modernize the bylaw to meet current community needs by updating engineering design guidelines, construction specifications and detailed drawings. In general, the works and services that are required as part of the development of land may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Utilities (water, storm, and sanitary sewer systems)
  • Roadways, curb and gutter and sidewalks
  • Traffic signals and roadway lighting
  • Street trees.

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
  • Formalize the current infrastructure practices of the city

The updated engineering design guidelines, construction specifications and detailed drawings are based on documents published by the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association (MMCD) but include supplementary clauses and drawings to incorporate infrastructure design and construction practices that are specific to the City of Courtenay.

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.

In April of 2016, the City of Courtenay issued the draft Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw to the development community and the public for feedback. All comments were considered, and many resulted in updates to the draft document.

Comments on the current Final Draft Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw will be received at engineering@courtenay.ca until December 29, 2017.

It is anticipated that the bylaw will be presented to Council for adoption in early 2018.