Zoning Bylaw - General Amendments

Bylaw No. 2303 proposes 80 amendments to the Zoning Bylaw. These amendments include Council-directed motions such as allowing backyard chickens, addressing other topical issues that have arisen since the last amendments to the Zoning Bylaw, and amendments of a housekeeping nature to ensure that language in the Zoning Bylaw is clear.

First and Second Readings (RESCHEDULED): March 18, 2014

Public Hearing (RESCHEDULED): May 6 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, Municipal Hall


Proposed amendments

On December 17, 2013, at Council Committee of the Whole, staff presented proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw for discussion. District staff then brought forward proposed amendments to Council for first and second readings at the Regular March 18 Council meeting.

A Public Information Session was held on January 27, 2014 in advance of Council reading the bylaw. District staff introduced the proposed changes, answered questions, and gathered feedback to incorporate in the proposed amendments.

Please note that two amendments which had previously been considered in the Zoning Bylaw Omnibus Amendment BYL 2303 have been removed as they require additional research and consultation:

  • Council-directed motion to prohibit further development of drive-through establishments; and
  • Inclusion of regulations for heat pumps.

The following proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw are highlighted for specific consideration:

a) Urban agriculture – chickens, residential farmgate sales and beekeeping – Revise definition of Urban Agriculture to include keeping of bees and provide regulations for bee keeping. In addition, on March 18, 2014, Council made a motion to include keeping of poultry and allowing residential farmgate sales within the definition of urban agriculture. No regulations are proposed in the Zoning Bylaw Omnibus Amendment related to keeping of poultry or residential farmgate sales.

b) Shipping containers – Provide definitions for Shipping Container and Temporary Building. Provide regulations related to Shipping Containers, such as: use; siting; and adherence to BC Building Code when not considered a Temporary Building. Allow community and event storage in P-3 Zone. Allow shipping containers to be used for residential dwelling or home office purposes if they meet all other regulations of the Zoning Bylaw.

c) Accessory buildings size – Clarify maximum size of accessory buildings and maximum number. In addition, increase the maximum size of accessory buildings in RM and I Zones from 60 m2 (645 square feet) to 140 m2 (1,507 square feet).

d) Indoor food production– Define, and include in the definition of Industrial and Light Industrial, thereby allowing this use on industrial zoned lands.

e) Incorporation of alternative vehicle fuels and electric charging stations – Provide definition for Alternative Fuel Station. Provide definition and regulations for Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Revise name of C-2 Zone ‘Gasoline Service Station Commercial’ to ‘Vehicle Fueling Station’ (which includes both gasoline and alternative fuels);

f) Medical marijuana production – Revise language in Zoning Bylaw to reflect new federal regulations coming into effect April 2014.

g) Alcoholic beverage manufacturing - Allow Alcoholic Beverage Manufacturing use (includes distillery/ brewery/ winery), including tasting room and sales of liquor manufactured on-site, in light industrial I-1 Zone and Downtown C-4 Zone.

h) Pet care – Provide definition for pet daycare and to allow in RL Zones and RE Zone. In addition, allow pet daycare as Home Occupation, Residential business if less than three dogs in a single-unit or two-unit dwelling. Retain ‘grooming of domestic dogs and cats’ as a permitted use in I-1, and add accessory pet daycare to that in I-1.

i) Park, Recreational, and Institutional Use (P-3)– Permit community and event storage as a principal use.

j) Local Commercial Zone (C-1) – Permit fitness centre; home occupation, office; liquor primary establishment; as principal uses. Permit accessory retail sales as accessory use.

k) Tourist Commercial Zone (C-3)– Permit a wider range of uses in the C-3 Zone, including arts and culture, interpretive area, and accessory retail sales.

l) Downtown Commercial Zone (C-4) – Permit assembly; home occupation, office; liquor primary establishment; and alcoholic beverage manufacturing as principal uses. Permit accessory retail sales as accessory use.

m) Light Industrial (I-1) – Permit alcoholic beverage manufacturing as principal use.

n) Resource land use– Zone any “uncoded” or “unzoned” land as Resource.

o) Off-street parking design criteria – Require that driveways to residential units be either a minimum of 6 metres (19.7 ft) in length, or that no driveway be provided.

p) Small Lot Zone RS-3 – Require that double garages be a minimum of 7m internal width (previously 5.5m).

How can you provide feedback?

To submit your comments, please print the feedback form and drop it off at Municipal Hall or use the comment field below.

If you have any questions about the proposed general amendments or the upcoming Public Information Session, please contact District of Squamish Planner Elaine Naisby at (604) 815-4965 or at enaisby@squamish.ca


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  • Trevor Benson May 2, 2014, 7:16 PM (7 years ago)

    Don't ban drive throughs, the disabled and parents would suffer without these. There is a misguided philosophy behind this theory. Better attractions will get people out of their cars, banning drive through will encourage more people to "drive thru" Squamish all together

  • Beverly Carson Apr 28, 2014, 8:11 AM (7 years ago)

    Do not ban drive-thrus. Better bylaws re: heat pump installs,especially how they impact negatively to existing neighbors. Better residential bylaws of overflow parking when high density properties are permitted for development. Do not allow chickens in urban areas due to: wildlife attractant, noise, & Health

  • Carolyn Morris Mar 28, 2014, 8:58 AM (7 years ago)

    It is fantastic to see the DOS moving forward with Urban Agriculture! Our corridor is far too fragile to strictly depend on external food sources. This is a step in the right direction for a more sustainable future! Bring on the bees, the hens and the farm gate!!

  • Patricia Vesely Mar 15, 2014, 6:49 AM (8 years ago)

    I agree with Anne Bright. That roundabout is also too high with plantings, and blocks a clear view of approaching traffic when backing out from a parking space, and also blocks the view of approaching pedestrians.

  • Andy Wilson Mar 3, 2014, 10:42 PM (8 years ago)

    Another vote for not banning drive thrus and allowing backyard chickens.

  • W. Bradley Gooderham Mar 3, 2014, 6:08 PM (8 years ago)

    I would be very grateful for your consideration of new developments in the housing sector that has seen safe, innovative, efficient, and adventurous - Squamish being Canada's adventure capital - alternatives to the status quo.

    Shipping container modifications can be a dynamic, affordable, and sensible alternative to woodframe homes. They can easily meet the aesthetic and character sensibilities of neighbourhoods looking to update the materials to something unique, funky, and modular. See these for details: http://www.lifebuzz.com/shipping-containers/

    Squamish has the opportunity to be a leader on the forefront of a new architectural frontier. Let's do it intelligently. Let's do it right.

    See you at the meeting and thanks for your time.

  • Alison Bailey Feb 18, 2014, 6:16 PM (8 years ago)

    Please do not ban drive throughs in Squamish. As busy parents we need this facility as we don't want to go into the establishment with a car load of kids!

  • Diane Adams Feb 18, 2014, 4:17 PM (8 years ago)

    Several reasons for not banning Drive thrus in Squamish
    - Reduction in employment or jobs
    - reduction in district income from all those passing thru
    - difficulties for handicapped & vehicles filled with children
    - maybe investment losses of future drive thrus

  • Pauline Skiffington Feb 18, 2014, 11:45 AM (8 years ago)

    I do not support a ban on future drive through restaurants. This greatly affects those with disabilities and children. This also sets a precedent that you are turning away valuable community members who invest in our town. Before amendments to the heat pump bylaw are considering, the DOS should contact TECA to obtain their professional input into these matters as they are the organization that governs certification of those installing them (they have assisted many municipalities in this regard).

  • Rick King Jan 28, 2014, 9:33 AM (8 years ago)

    There is no room for Medical Marihuana Production in the district boundaries. Please proceed with the original motion banning any production within our district boundaries.

    Do not ban further development on future Drive through's.

    Shipping container definition. Maybe include the largest size to cover all containers. Some are 45 plus feet with a height of 9 feet.

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