Creating a Vibrant Downtown Squamish

Proposed Downtown Zoning Changes

Three proposed changes are the product of the Downtown Zoning Changes project:

  1. Setbacks and Cash-in-lieu Parking
  2. Employment Space
  3. Floor Area Ratio on Cleveland, Upper storeys setback on Cleveland and Frontage on Cleveland

December 2017 Update: 

First and Second Readings are schedule at the December 19 Council Meeting - Read the report to Council

Read the bylaws:

  • Proposed Amendment Bylaw (Setbacks and Cash-in-lieu Parking) No. 2576, 2017:  View the bylaw
  • Proposed Amendment Bylaw (Employment Space) No. 2577, 2017: View the bylaw
  • Amendment Bylaw (FAR on Cleveland, Upper storeys setback on Cleveland and Frontage on Cleveland) No. 2578, 2017: view the bylaw

Proposed Amendment Bylaw (Setbacks and Cash-in-lieu Parking) No. 2576, 2017:  View the bylaw

Third Avenue and Pemberton Avenue Setbacks:

  • Require a minimum building setback of 2.5m along any property line fronting Third Avenue from Bailey Street to Westminster Street and reduce the laneway setback by an equal amount to ensure adequate streetscape space for wider sidewalks, trees, parking and separated bike lanes.
  • Require a minimum building setback of 1.5m along any property fronting Pemberton Avenue from the Rail line to Third Avenue and reduce the laneway setback by an equal amount to ensure adequate streetscape space for wider sidewalks, trees, turning aisles, parking and separated bike lanes. 

Downtown zoning changes map

Cash-in-lieu Parking:

Minimum parking for multifamily/apartment unit in Downtown and outside of Downtown 

In Downtown:
1 space per unit, regardless of number of bedrooms

Outside Downtown:
Bachelor = 1 space per unit
1 bdrm = 1.25 spaces per unit
2 bdrm = 1.75 spaces per unit
3+ bdrm = 2 spaces per unit 

Minimum parking for commercial in Downtown and outside of Downtown 

In Downtown:
2 spaces per 100m2

Outside Downtown:
Depends on specific use, but generally:
Retail = 2 spaces per 100m2
Office = 2.2 spaces per 100m2

Where does this boundary for downtown rules extend to?
Downtown rules apply to the area outlined in red:

boundaries

What is allowable payment in lieu of parking? 

Current zoning bylaw regulations for cash-in-lieu:

Maximum of 4 commercial spaces can be bought out within the area outlined in red in the above map, except on Cleveland (between Pemberton and Vancouver) an unlimited amount of commercial spaces can be bought out.

Proposed regulations (Bylaw 2576 – given 1st and 2nd readings December 19):  

Maximum of 4 commercial spaces can be bought out within the area outlined in red in the above map, unless commercial parking is provided on-site, then the amount of cash-in-lieu spaces shall increase by one space for every one commercial space provided on-site.

For small lots on Cleveland (50ft wide or less) only, an unlimited amount of commercial spaces can be bought out.

What is the payment in lieu?

Previous zoning bylaw regulations for cash-in-lieu:

$6,000 per space

New regulations approved by Bylaw 2570 (adopted December 19):

$15,000 per space

Payments in lieu of parking currently go into the Parking Facilities Reserve, the money from this reserve can only be spent on developing parking facilities. Since legislation allows this money to be purposed for either parking facilities or infrastructure that supports alternative forms of transportation, staff will be bringing forward a new bylaw in January to establish a reserve for the latter option. Whenever cash in lieu of parking is proposed, Council will be able to decide which reserve the funds are deposited to. 


Proposed Amendment Bylaw (Employment Space) No. 2577, 2017: View the bylaw

  • Require a minimum of 20% of a building’s gross floor area (GFA) be used as employment space to increase the amount of employment space downtown.

Amendment Bylaw (FAR on Cleveland, Upper storeys setback on Cleveland and Frontage on Cleveland) No. 2578, 2017: view the bylaw

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) on Cleveland:

  • The maximum density for properties with frontage on Cleveland Avenue south of Pemberton Avenue and north of Main Street shall be as follows: 
Lot Size Lot Dimensions Floor Area Ratio
Small Lot area less than 560 m2 2.25
Medium Lot area between 560 m2 and 1860 m2 2.00
Large Lot area greater than 1860 m2 1.75

To maintain a smaller building scale while still encouraging development (no change to height).

Upper Storeys Setback on Cleveland:

  • Properties with frontage on Cleveland Avenue south of Pemberton Avenue and north of Main Street, shall have no portion of a building project past a line angled from the sidewalk to maintain a smaller building scale and reduce the impact of building shadows along Cleveland. 

Upper storeys setback2

Frontage on Cleveland:

Properties with frontage on Cleveland Avenue south of Pemberton Avenue and north of Main Street shall have a maximum width of 16m for each individual commercial unit located at the street level to maintain small scale commercial along Cleveland Avenue.


View the Downtown Zoning Changes Project background information.  


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Comments

  • Darlene Anderson Nov 26, 2017

    I am trying to find development proposals on this website and I have had NO luck. Impossible to navigate this site. I walked past a sign for 2017-72 on 38275 Third avenue for a new seniors housing project. I cannot find anything about this sign. I clearly don't have the correct website. I was curious to learn what the significant off street parking and bicycle variances to this project were - and wanted to comment on it. IF someone could get back to me about this project I would appreciate it.

    • Communications Nov 27, 2017

      Hi Darlene. Thanks for your comment. This project is now active on the Development Showcase (https://squamish.ca/showcase). In checking with the Planning Department, it sounds like the developer’s sign went up a couple of days before the project information went live. We apologize for any confusion this caused. Thanks.

  • Matthew McClenaghan May 02, 2017

    Downtown Squamish needs more density and people to create a vibrant pedestrian friendly community that can support local shops. At its current state the shops and streets look tired. New buildings and more people will bring the area back to life.

    • Darlene Anderson Nov 26, 2017

      Matthew . Remember this is downtown Squamish. As a resident of downtown Squamish I have no desire for the population density of Squamish to increase drastically - in your attempt to revitalize downtown Squamish. So revitalize all you want but not at the expense of a huge increase in population density. That is already happening - so how much do you want this to happen before it is no longer Squamish - but something else. You have that Newport development happening, increased density at that horrid Eaglewind development (aka - the rabbit warren). People don't move to Squamish for a highly dense downtown. Revitalization can occur in other ways.
      AND if you are going to have more traffic in Squamish you need a proper foot traffic way and a proper bike traffic way - the bike traffic way - is currently non existent in Squamish. Currently we are supposed to share Cleveland with cars . How delightful and UNSAFE feeling. I have to worry about being backed up into on Second between Pemberton and Victoria and the "buffer" lane along Second in front of district hall and the library is too narrow. I"m not sure you used proper code to build that. Take a look - any big truck or car with a large door swings into the BIKE lane beyond the "buffer zone". I have been doored and injured from it. I did not like it. (either time)

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