Omnibus Zoning Bylaw Update

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The City introduced an Omnibus Zoning Bylaw amendment at the April 25th meeting of Council, which includes the introduction of secondary suites in duplexes and lock-offs in multifamily housing buildings, as well as other changes to the City's Zoning Bylaw. The proposed amendment to the Zoning Bylaw has been approved to proceed to Public Hearing. Before the Hearing, the City is providing this additional opportunity through Rupert Talks for the community to ask questions and staff to provide information to assist in public understanding of the proposed changes.

Major changes proposed:

  • Permitting of Secondary Suites in two-family homes (duplexes) and lock-off suites in multi-family homes (3+ principle units)
  • Addition of Animal Hospital or Clinic in any zone where retail is permitted.
  • Clarifying Gross Floor Area definition and adding a definition of Building Footprint.
  • Allowing temporary use of Shipping Containers for up to 60 days.
  • Allowing housing to be built from modular units on permanent foundations.

Why are these changes being made?

The Zoning Bylaw is a living document that The City needs to maintain as a clear and effective land-use tool. This omnibus bylaw is a response to Council's desire to allow for growth in the housing market and clarify and address issues and questions that have arisen from the public. For instance, we know the community is currently short on veterinary services, so it just makes sense to make that use (Animal Hospital or Clinic) is clearly permitted in all commercial zones so that no potential vet clinic is discouraged from opening.

The City introduced an Omnibus Zoning Bylaw amendment at the April 25th meeting of Council, which includes the introduction of secondary suites in duplexes and lock-offs in multifamily housing buildings, as well as other changes to the City's Zoning Bylaw. The proposed amendment to the Zoning Bylaw has been approved to proceed to Public Hearing. Before the Hearing, the City is providing this additional opportunity through Rupert Talks for the community to ask questions and staff to provide information to assist in public understanding of the proposed changes.

Major changes proposed:

  • Permitting of Secondary Suites in two-family homes (duplexes) and lock-off suites in multi-family homes (3+ principle units)
  • Addition of Animal Hospital or Clinic in any zone where retail is permitted.
  • Clarifying Gross Floor Area definition and adding a definition of Building Footprint.
  • Allowing temporary use of Shipping Containers for up to 60 days.
  • Allowing housing to be built from modular units on permanent foundations.

Why are these changes being made?

The Zoning Bylaw is a living document that The City needs to maintain as a clear and effective land-use tool. This omnibus bylaw is a response to Council's desire to allow for growth in the housing market and clarify and address issues and questions that have arisen from the public. For instance, we know the community is currently short on veterinary services, so it just makes sense to make that use (Animal Hospital or Clinic) is clearly permitted in all commercial zones so that no potential vet clinic is discouraged from opening.

Questions from the Public

This is an opportunity for residents to ask staff questions about the changes proposed in the omnibus Zoning Bylaw Amendment.  Not sure what this will mean to you or your property? Staff are available to answer your questions. 

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    Is this proposing that if I bought a lot I could file to build modular houses on it. What about manufactured homes?

    krystao asked 3 months ago

    The type of housing that you can build on a lot is determined by our zoning bylaw. For example, in R2 Zone you can build single or two-family homes. However, we cannot determine in the zoning bylaw how those homes are built. Therefore, with this proposed change you can use modular units to build a single-family house on a lot in that zone, but the home itself must fit the proposed definition of single-family home (generally this means it is built on a permanent foundation). Manufactured, or mobile,  homes are only permitted in the Mobile Home Residential Zone. Please check out our zoning bylaw for information on how these terms are currently defined: Prince Rupert Zoning Bylaw