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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).

First Reading of Marine Zoning Bylaw 2771 March 2021

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2771, 2019 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

Intergovernmental referrals for Bylaw 2771 are underway and the community is invited to submit comment by April 30 2021. Inputs will be summarized and brought back to Council at second reading of the bylaw (May 2021).

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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

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  smcjannet@squamish.ca  604.815.5096