Proposed Changes to Land Use Bylaw

On April 12, 2018, Council approved Bylaw 2017/48, also known as the Land Use Bylaw. Since approval the Land Use Bylaw Committee has deemed it necessary to make several amendments. 

The proposed amendments will be presented at a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. If you wish to provide comments on the proposed amendments, please submit your comments on this form no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 16, 2021.

The proposed amendments are as follows:  

Section 1 General, Subsection 1.2 Definitions:

Addition of:

Geotechnical Investigation Report means the investigation of the physical qualities of a site, such as but not limited to subsurface soil and geological conditions, ground-water conditions, and depth to bedrock, to determine the impact of such conditions on the safety and suitability of the site for the proposed development. The final report must indicate a site be safe and suitable for the intended development and be stamped by a Professional Engineer.

Addition of:

Golf Netting is an essential piece of equipment to ensure that properties adjacent to golf courses remain safe from damages associated with stray golf balls. The maximum height of all golf netting shall not exceed 6.09 metres (20 feet) and must be constructed out of a fine netting material with squares not exceeding 22mm in size and must either be black or dark green in colour. Only lots directly adjacent to a golf course will be approved for the development of Golf Netting along the property line adjacent to the golf course as well as the side yards of the lot, at the discretion of the Development Officer, which are perpendicular to the golf course. Golf Netting height shall be viewed independently from any other height restrictions listed within this Bylaw and shall be governed by the restrictions listed within this definition as well as Section 3.2 of this Bylaw.  .

Amendment to of Short Term Camping:

From: means the use of land for the placement of a Recreational Unit that is used for no more than fourteen (14) consecutive days as a temporary accommodation for users engaged in recreational or seasonal pursuits.

To: means the use of land for the placement of a Recreational Unit that is used for no more than fourteen (14) consecutive days as temporary accommodation for users engaged in recreational or seasonal pursuits. After the fourteen (14) days, the Recreational Unit must be removed from the property, or placed into storage, if allowed for based on the districting of the property, for a minimum of seventy-two (72) hours.

Amendment to Recreation Unit (RU) Storage

FROM: means the storage, outdoors or inside a permanent structure, of Recreational Units. The maximum numbers of Recreational Units allowed on a parcel of land for Recreational Unit (RU) Storage are as follows:

a.    A parcel of land under five (5) acres = One (1) Recreational Unit;

b.    A parcel of land of five (5) acres or more but less than ten (10) acres = Two (2) Recreational Units; or

c.    A parcel of land of ten (10) acres or more = Three (3) Recreational Units.

TO: means the storage, outdoors or inside a permanent structure, of Recreational Units with the Unit(s) being disconnected from all services, with slides, canopies, and other attachments and accessories put away or not utilized, and the Unit(s) not being in use for any purpose. The maximum numbers of Recreational Units allowed on a parcel of land for Recreational Unit (RU) Storage are as follows:

a.    A parcel of land under five (5) acres = One (1) Recreational Unit;

b.    A parcel of land of five (5) acres or more but less than ten (10) acres = Two (2) Recreational Units; or

c.    A parcel of land of ten (10) acres or more = Three (3) Recreational Units.

Section 3 Development Process

Amendment to of Subsection 3.2 Development Not Requiring a Development Permit: 

d)    Construction, maintenance, improvement or placement of gates, fences, golf netting, walls or other means of enclosure except where the object will be:

i.    Over 6 feet in height;

ii.    Within the shaded areas of Figure 2.

Amendment to Subsection 3.8.2 Variance Provisions: 

3.8.2    The Development Officer may relax a bank break setback required under Section 9.10.4 by 50% or may require an Engineer's report Geotechnical Investigation Report to certify the safety of future development within the reduced setback. The Development Officer must not relax a bank break setback by more than 50% without an Engineer's report Geotechnical Investigation Report which certifies that the building site is safe.

Amendment to Section 3.12 Recreational Units, Addition of Subsection 3.12.2:

3.12.2    To accommodate family functions, reunions, weddings, and other similar family functions that are associated with temporary use of Recreational Units, a written application must be provided to the County in accordance with Recreational Units During Family Functions Policy.

Section 10 District Regulations, Subsection 10.8 Lakeshore Mixed Use

Removal of Section 10.8.9 

a)    The maximum height of all principal buildings shall be 10.0 meters (33 feet)  

b)    The maximum height of an accessory building shall be 6.0 meters (20 feet).

Appendix H Recreational Unit Matrix

  • The number of Recreational Units has not changed, but the format of the Matrix has been updated.

Should you wish to review a copy of the Land Use Bylaw, which includes the highlighted proposed amendments, please contact the Planning and Development Department.