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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).

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

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Draft Marine Zones (Text -September 2020)
Draft Marine Zoning Reference Maps **Revised** October 2020
  1. Marine Zoning Overview Map
  2. Marine Zoning Detailed Inset Maps

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)

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

Engagement activities and community input received to date is summarized in the Engagement Summary below. This was presented at a Council workshop on October 13 2020, and is being used to inform and continuously refine municipal marine regulations under development.

Early Engagement Summary October 2020

If you missed the initial Marine Zoning Survey (September 11th - 28th) but would like to provide feedback, please direct comments and/or questions anytime to the staff contact below.

Staff Contact

Sarah McJannet, Planner  604.815.5096

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  • Linda Wood Sep 28, 2020, 8:03 AM (4 months ago)

    Overall I support the marine zoning initiative, with some areas of concern that affect me directly as a boater. One is maintaining the channel open through dredging and control of encroachment of log booms into the only deep water channel. We are sailboaters and our boat has a 6ft draft. We are limited to certain tides to safely transit Blind Channel. We are members of the Squamish Yacht Club and dependent there for our moorage, so issues around long term stability of the club affect us. Having a boat launch is important as we all have dinghies that need to be pulled out of the water in the winter. As citizens of Squamish we would like to see Mamquam Blind Channel a vibrant waterfront community with the ability to serve the needs of our active population, provide access to our ocean playground and to be able to welcome visitors.

  • Richard Duncan Sep 16, 2020, 5:55 PM (4 months ago)

    what does the DOS have planned for boat launch and parking? at the rate of growth Squamish has had in the past few years i have watched the existing boat launch ( on private land) go from barely used to over crowded in a very short time span. at the rate of growth this community is having with water toys this is already a problem. Darrel bay would make for a very good solution as this is just by the highway, plenty of parking, lots of room for several launches this would also keep the blind channel less busy for small water crafts like sup's , kayaks, canoes, etc... as it stands i watch all the smaller crafts struggle with motor boats racing in and out. this needs to be addressed right away as the up land owners are not liking over night parking anymore. porteau cove the closest launch, is way too busy with tourists and is not a safe launch for most people with waves coming straight into the launch.

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