Zoning Bylaw

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The Zoning Bylaw identifies parcels of land in Prince Rupert as belonging to certain ‘zones’ that regulate the use and density of developments, and the siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and structures allowed in a specified area. Zoning also establishes and promotes minimum standards for health, safety, convenience, and public welfare. Zoning can prevent overcrowding of land and ensure appropriate building forms.

 

For each property Zoning sets out:

  • The use of land, buildings, and other structures;
  • The density of the use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of the uses that are permitted;
  • The location of uses on the land and within buildings and other structures; and,
  • Off-street parking and loading requirements.

 

A Zoning Amendment, or rezoning’ is the process of changing the zone of a property. Zoning can only be changed by an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw.

 

Zoning Bylaw (2009)

Zoning Map

 

 

Rezoning

Rezoning of a property is required when the proposed use or density of a property or development is not permitted within the existing zone. Rezoning may allow for a change in the regulations as they pertain to a specific lot or building.

 

For each property Zoning sets out:

  • The use of land, buildings, and other structures;
  • The density of the use of land, buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of buildings and other structures;
  • The siting, size, and dimensions of the uses that are permitted;
  • The location of uses on the land and within buildings and other structures; and,
  • Off-street parking and loading requirements.

 

A Zoning Amendment, or ‘rezoning’, is the process of changing the zone of a property. Zoning can only be changed by an amendment to the Zoning Bylaw.

 

Rezoning Application Process:

 

Application

Application forms must be completed by the owner of the land or by his duly authorized agent. One copy of this application must be returned to City Hall and should be accompanied by application fees, State of Title Certificate, a site plan, and a “site profile”.

 

Site Signage

The applicant is required to post a billboard in a prominent location on the site stating that it is the subject of an application for rezoning, and that further information regarding this application can be obtained at City Hall.

 

Staff Review

City Staff then reviews the application to ensure it is complete in all respects. If necessary, the applicant or his representative will be contacted if further information is required. Staff will then prepare a report and copy of the application with recommendations to council.

 

Consideration by Council

Upon receipt of the report from staff, Council can agree to give further consideration to the application or it can reject the application. If after the reviews, Council agrees to continue the process, the matter goes to a Public Hearing, and the appropriate amending Bylaws are prepared.

 

Public Hearing

The applicant is given an opportunity to present their application in detail and to provide any information requested by members of Council. Any written concerns of the public are read into the record. Any member of the public wishing to make a presentation or comment regarding the application is permitted to speak during the public hearing.

 

For more information on how to apply for an OCP or Zoning Amendment, check out our brochure on OCP and Zoning Amendment Application Procedures 


Brochure on OCP Amendment and Rezoning 


If a rezoning or OCP amendment is successful, property owners must then apply for the necessary Development and/or Building Permits