RDBN Zoning Bylaw Review

The RDBN has prepared a preliminary draft of a proposed new zoning bylaw for the rural area of the RDBN.  Over the past year, the Planning Department has completed an extensive public and stakeholder consultation process and amended the draft zoning bylaw based on the input received. The updated draft text and mapping are posted below.

Draft Zoning Bylaw Documents

Zoning Bylaw Preliminary Draft

Mapping - (Click on the buttons below to view mapping)

Electoral Area A Electoral Area B Electoral Area C Electoral Area D

Electoral Area E Electoral Area F Electoral Area G   

Report to the Board (October 24, 2019)

Paper copies and draft maps can be viewed at the Regional District office in Burns Lake.

What happens next?

Following the public consultation and referral process, the bylaw will enter the formal approval process.  This includes presenting the bylaw to the Regional District Board for consideration of first and second reading.  This is followed by the holding of a Public Hearing.  This process is anticipated to begin in February 2020.

Why is a new zoning bylaw needed?

It is important to keep the Zoning Bylaw relevant and updated to reflect changes in legislation, planning law, and land use and development trends.  There is also opportunity to improve the bylaw's clarity and effectiveness.    

What does a Zoning Bylaw Do?

The zoning bylaw contains regulations relating to the use and development of land in the rural area of the RDBN.  This includes regulations relating to the following:

  • The use and density of land, buildings and other structures.
  • The siting, size and dimensions of buildings and other structures and permitted uses.
  • The location of uses on the land and within buildings and other structures.
  • The shape, dimensions and area of all parcels of land created by subdivision, including minimum and maximum parcel sizes). 
  • And, minimum landscaping, screening, and parking requirements.