2020 Zoning Bylaw Update


The District of Squamish is currently updating its Zoning Bylaw to meet the needs of our growing community.


What is a Zoning Bylaw?

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A Zoning Bylaw is the set of rules that determine how land can and can’t be used and what can and can’t be built.

Zoning serves a community in several ways. It is designed to protect community health and safety, by separating uses that wouldn’t work well together such as heavy industry and residences.

Watch: Zoning 101

Zoning is also used to shape the places where we live, work and play and to ensure development of a community is in the best interests of its citizens.

Zoning provides land use certainty and protects the substantial investment people and businesses make when they purchase a property. It is made of up two basic parts: maps and regulations. Maps divide our community into different zones, whereas regulations identify what uses are permitted in each zone, and what rules buildings must meet, such as height and density.

The current District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw was adopted in 2011. Since then, Squamish has experienced significant growth and completed several community planning projects, including an update of the District of Squamish Official Community Plan. Zoning Bylaw regulations require regular re-evaluation to keep up with the community needs, priorities and alignment of other initiatives such as changes in provincial law.

The 2020 Zoning Bylaw Update will focus on four key areas (click each for details):


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How to Get Involved

The public is invited to get involved in a variety of public engagement opportunities expected to take place during the update process. 

The project is currently in Stage 2, Bylaw Development.

Phase 1
Project Initiation
Phase 2
Bylaw Development
Phase 3
Public Review Process
Phase 4
Bylaw Adoption
Solicit initial community & stakeholder input regarding project scope Consider regulatory options and draft bylaw with continued stakeholder input Solicit community feedback, amend bylaw and re-engage community as needed Progress through legislated bylaw adoption process
Feb-April 2019 May-August 2020 September-October 2020 November 2020
Web Page
Zoning Intro Open House
Key Stakeholder
Agency Outreach
Web Comment Portal
Stakeholder Meetings
Landowner Outreach
Staff Consultation
Web Comment Portal
Bylaw Open House
Stakeholder Meetings
Website Updates
Web Comment Portal
Agency Referral
Public Hearing
 Formal Agency Referrals


The Phase 1 Open House was held on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. View the information presented at the meeting.



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