All residents and stakeholders are encouraged to participate by reviewing the following materials and providing comments:

Proposed Regulations: The following information outlines major changes to regulations and certain land uses that are being proposed in non-residential districts. The proposed changes focus on creating more pedestrian-friendly and accessible developments, creating flexibility for temporary and innovative development types, reducing unnecessary roadblocks for businesses, and ensuring that residential and non-residential developments are properly separated.

Pedestrian-Oriented Design

Pedestrian-oriented design prioritizes the pedestrian experience and safety with a variety of measures:

  • No parking allowed in the front yard or corner side yard of a site (ensures entrances are safe and easily accessible to pedestrians).
  • Locate dwelling units above the ground floor (ensures the streetscape remains active).
  • Incorporate awnings and canopies into entrance design (creates a protected pedestrian environment).
  • Require buildings over three stories to incorporate a step back (creates a more open street).
  • Require pedestrian connections from the public sidewalk to building entrance (allows pedestrians easy access to developments).

Please let us know if we missed anything or if you have any comments or concerns.

Temporary Commercial Service

A temporary commercial service involves the retail sale of goods, services, food and/or beverage to the public for fewer than six months a year. These uses will be permitted in most commercial districts without a development permit, but will require a review by administration and must adhere to all district regulations.

  • New definitions: Temporary Commercial Service, Temporary Building
  • Allow seasonal uses: fruit and vegetable stands, tree lots, windshield chip repair
  • Allow temporary pop-up businesses on existing developments.

Please let us know if we missed anything or if you have any comments or concerns.

Landscaping

Current Bylaw: The existing landscaping section contains little direction on buffering between districts and landscaping in parking areas, and does not require pedestrian connections and walkways.

Proposed Bylaw

  • Buffering: A minimum 3m wide buffer will be required between residential and non-residential (commercial, industrial, urban service) districts.
    • Any industrial district adjacent to a residential district must also be screened to a minimum height of 1.8m by fences, privacy walls, earth berm, gates, or landscaping
    • Additional buffering and screening may be required by the Development Authority if deemed necessary.
  • Parking Areas: Landscaped islands required in parking areas with 30 or more stalls, with no more than 15 contiguous stalls between islands.
    • a landscaped public walkway connecting the parking area to all building entrances, with an unobstructed width of 1.5m and barrier-free ramps leading to the sidewalk also required in at-grade parking areas with a capacity of 50 or more vehicles
  • Pedestrian Connections: All buildings on a parcel will be required to have at least one sidewalk connecting every public entrance to a public sidewalk, or in the case where there is no public sidewalk, to the nearest street.

Developments Not Requiring a Permit

All development within the Town requires a Development Permit unless it is specifically exempted in the Land Use Bylaw. The Town wants to support and promote certain types of development, so these do not require a development permit in the proposed Land Use Bylaw:

  • Community Gardens: The use of a site, or a portion of a site, for a community garden
  • Change of Use: Change of use of a building or a portion of a building to a permitted use if there is no increase to gross floor area.
  • Markets, Special Function Tents, Outdoor Amusement Parks: These temporary uses must obtain an event permit.
  • Temporary Commercial Services: A maximum of two temporary commercial services, if they are a permitted use in the relevant district; approval must be received for a Temporary Commercial Service application.
  • Temporary Commercial Building: Erection, placement and/or construction of a temporary commercial building with a maximum gross floor area of 30m2 that is associated with a temporary commercial service.

Please let us know if we missed anything or if you have any comments or concerns.

Developments Permitted in All Districts

In order to simplify processes and streamline the Land Use Bylaw document, a number of standard land uses will be permitted in all districts:

  • Community Gardens
  • Protective Services
  • Parks
  • Public Utilities
  • Solar Collectors (Roof Mounted)
  • Sales Lot/ Information Centre and Show Homes (only in Residential and Commercial districts)
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