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Marine Zoning Update 2020

New marine zones are under development for Squamish marine areas as part of Stage 2 of the overall Squamish Zoning Bylaw Update in 2020.
What is proposed?

New marine-specific zones and regulations are proposed for Squamish. The intent of these municipal marine regulations is to provide for and enhance the coordination, shared use and protection of marine coastal areas within the District of Squamish. Updating and refining the District’s zoning tools is identified as an immediate priority action within the Squamish Marine Action Strategy (endorsed in 2018).

UPDATE: October 6, 2021

Following the electronic public hearing held on June 8, 2021, District of Squamish Council rescinded second reading of Bylaw 2771. Council also directed staff to bring the bylaw back for future consideration of an amended second reading based on engagement regarding the M4 Zone with the forest industry and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Engagement on Bylaw 2771 has continued through summer 2021 and a Council Committee of the Whole meeting update is scheduled for October 12, 2021.

View the updated project engagement log (October 5, 2021).

View the October 12 Council Agenda and Staff Report (item 4 ii). 

Continued comments on the bylaw and revisions can be sent to the Planning Department and will form part of the public record. Comments will be brought forward to Council when the Bylaw is brought back for future re-consideration.

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June 8 2021 Public Hearing Information Package

The June 8 2021 Marine Zoning Public Hearing package and public submissions are available here (Agenda Item 4iii)

Previous Bylaw Readings (2021)

First Reading Report March 16, 2021 (Item 9Ai)

March 16, 2021 Meeting Minutes, and Council Video

Second Reading Report May 18, 2021 (Item 10Bi)

May 18, 2021 Meeting Minutes (ratified June 1, 2021), and Council Video

Bylaw Workshops (2020-2021)

October 13 2020 Committee of the Whole staff report (see item 5iii) 

October 13 2020 Meeting Minutes, and Council Video

February 23, 2021 Bylaw 2771 Preview  (see item 4ii)

February 23, 2021 Meeting Minutes, and Council Video

Public Comments + Engagement Summaries (2020-2021)

Public Comments Received on Bylaw 2771 (Combined 2021-06-03)

Public Comments received @ Second Reading (2021-05-18)

Ongoing Engagement Log (updated and presented May 18, 2021)

Early Engagement Summary (October 2020)


Past Project Updates: Second Reading of Bylaw 2771 May 18 2021

Council gave second reading to Bylaw 2771, as amended on  May 18, 2021, and directed scheduling of a Public Hearing for Bylaw 2771 on June 8, 2021. A summary of additional intergovernmental and stakeholder comments was included in the Council report package linked below.

Link to May 18 2021 Special Business Meeting Council Agenda (6 p.m.)

First Reading of Marine Zoning Bylaw 2771 March 2021

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2771, 2020 was given first reading by Council on Tuesday March 16, 2021. See links below to view the staff report summary, Bylaw 2771 and mapping:

Link to March 16 2021 Special Business Meeting Council Agenda

View High Resolution Zoning Maps: Bylaw 2771 Schedule A 


Mayor's Drop-In March 6 2021

New proposed marine zoning was the theme for the Mayor's latest monthly drop-in 'Navigating the future of our Marine Environment' with Mayor Karen Elliott and Councillor Doug Race.

Tune in to the Podcast here

Draft Bylaw Preview February 2021

On February 23, 2021 a completed draft of the bylaw and consolidated mapping were presented to Council.

Link to February 23 2021 Council Committee of the Whole Agenda


Marine Zoning StoryMap: An Overview of Draft Marine Zones and Regulations 

*Note ArcGIS StoryMaps work on the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft Edge

Initial Draft Marine Zones October 2020

Draft marine zones and reference maps were presented to Council on October 13, 2020 for initial discussion. See link to the Council meeting agenda and minutes below for the introductory report and summary.

Link to October 13 2020 Council Committee of the Whole Agenda

Link to October 13 2020 Meeting Minutes (See Pages 4-5)

Draft Marine Zoning Reference Maps October 2020

Marine Zoning Overview Map

Marine Zoning Detailed Inset Maps

At this meeting Council received and endorsed initial draft marine zones as presented and directed staff to bring forward a zoning amendment bylaw for reading consideration subject to Council input. The draft marine zones and zoning maps continue to be revised based on this input and ongoing engagement, and will be brought back to Council in early 2021.


Ongoing Engagement

Early and ongoing engagement activities and community input are being used to inform and continuously refine municipal marine regulations under development. The District appreciates and values community participation in this work. Please direct comments and/or questions anytime to the staff contact below.


Staff Contact

Sarah McJannet, Senior Planner  smcjannet@squamish.ca  604.815.5096