City Seeking Input on Zoning Bylaw Review and Update

Release date: 
October 20, 2020

Kamloops, BC—The City of Kamloops is seeking public input on a new draft Zoning Bylaw. The City is updating its existing Zoning Bylaw No. 5-1-2001, which regulates the use of land within city limits.

The update is the first major review of the City’s zoning regulations since 2001 and the most comprehensive review since 1979, when the amalgamated City of Kamloops’ first Zoning Bylaw was adopted.

“The purpose of the bylaw update is to ensure that the City’s zoning regulations are more clear, user-friendly, and business-friendly than the existing bylaw,” said Stephen Bentley, a City Planner.

“We also want to align the zoning regulations with KAMPLAN—the City's Official Community Plan—and other guiding documents and to implement best practices in the areas of planning, sustainability, and accessibility,” Bentley added.
 
Key proposed changes to zoning regulations include the following:

  • expanding permitted uses, which will provide more location choices for businesses
  • permitting customers to enter the home for a wider range of home-based business types
  • updating the zoning in neighbourhoods such as Dallas, Dufferin, and Westsyde to RS1, which allows residential suites and a smaller minimum lot size for subdivision (464 m2)
  • allowing larger accessory buildings and higher fence heights and requiring minimum front yard landscaping on residential lots
  • introducing parking regulations that support active transportation, improved accessibility, and electric vehicle charging
  • permitting multi-family development in shopping centres and additional commercial arterial areas
  • restricting drive-thru businesses in major town centres

A summary of key proposed changes for each of the major zoning regulation categories is available at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/ZoningBylaw.

A survey and a Q&A section has also been launched on the Let’s Talk website, and these online engagement options will be open until mid-November.

In addition to the website, two public information sessions will be hosted at the Yacht Club, 1140 River Street, on October 29 and November 4. Both sessions will run 5:00–8:00 pm and will have information boards spaced around the room. City Planning staff will be available to answer questions. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.