Public Input Sought on New Zoning Bylaw

Duncan, BC – The City of Duncan has been working to draft a brand new Zoning Bylaw. The current Bylaw, adopted in 1988 and amended 73 times, no longer achieves the vision of the 2007 Official Community Plan (OCP). During the OCP consultation, citizens clearly stated that they value well-managed growth and a safe, healthy, and well-serviced community.  The new Zoning Bylaw was drafted to help achieve these objectives.

This spring, citizens will be provided the opportunity to review and provide comment on the proposed new Zoning Bylaw.  Residents are invited to participate in the following engagement opportunities:

  • Community Open House at the Duncan Pentecostal Church (931 Trunk Rd.) on Thursday, April 27th from 4 – 7 pm;
  • Booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, April 29th from 9 am – 2 pm;
  • Online consultation via PlaceSpeak (www.placespeak.com), starting April 27th; and
  • Community Open House at the St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (531 Herbert St.) on Wednesday, May 3rd from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.

The draft bylaw is based on the vision of the 2007 Official Community Plan, and is the result of extensive research and collaboration with City of Duncan staff. Dave Pady, Manager of Planning, describes the process as “thoughtful and innovative, with the new Zoning Bylaw encouraging a user-friendly, logically-organized document, resulting in fewer zones, each of which will allow for more opportunity and greater flexibility for developers and property owners”.

Zoning Bylaws dictate what you can and cannot do on a property, and the bylaw divides the City into a number of zones. Within the proposed Zoning Bylaw, the entire array of zones and their associated land uses have been revised to be more consistent with the vision of the OCP.

Review the Zoning Bylaw Rewrite Page to determine what changes may occur within your zone.

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For further information contact:

Dave Pady, Manager of Planning
(250) 746-6126
dpady@duncan.ca