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Zoning bylaw no. 310 update


A zoning bylaw is a regulatory framework for the region that permits or restricts different uses for land, based on the policies within the area's Offical Community Plan. Sunshine Coast properties belong to a zone, which have a specific set of regulations described in the bylaw to follow when planning for development.

Zoning Bylaw No. 310 was adopted in 1989. It applies to the communities of Halfmoon Bay, Roberts Creek, Elphinstone and West Howe Sound and has been amended approximately 170 times. Initial work to update the bylaw has commenced. Public review and involvement is an important part of the bylaw update.

Project Review

Staff have been working with a professional planning consultant team (Arlington Group) and advisory committees through the early stages of the project. Key opportunity areas have been identified as the focus of zoning updates to be informed by the community:

  • Housing Diversity
  • Home Based Business
  • Residential Agriculture
  • Short Term Accommodation Rental
  • Cannabis Production and Retail

Please read this Project Summary for a short overview of each key opportunity. Included are also the main questions to be used to request community feedback.

A number of technical and readability updates are also planned.

Public Participation and Project Timeline

In alignment with SCRD's Pubic Participation Framework, three phases of public participation are planned in order to inform the update of Zoning Bylaw No. 310:

Phase Audience Status

1. Familiarize and review

Advisory Committee members from all electoral areas Advisory Planning Commissions, Natural Resources Advisory Community, Agricultural Area Committee and Roberts Creek Official Community Plan Committee.

Phase One Public Participation Report


2. Focus Groups, Public Workshops and Questionaire

Focus groups with regular users of the bylaw and other agencies such as architects, developers, real estate agents, health and social service organizations, First Nations and municipalities.

Workshops and questionnaire open to all community members

Public Participation Report Phase 2 Planned

In Progress

October 2018 - March 2019

3. Gather Feedback on Draft Bylaw

Open to all community members

Public Participation Report Phase 3 Planned

Mid 2019

December 2018 Public Workshop

Public workshops to learn about and share feedback regarding the update of Zoning Bylaw No. 310 took place on December 5, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Seaside Centre, 5790 Teredo Street, Sechelt, B.C. or December 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gibsons and Area Community Centre, Room 209, 700 Park Road, Gibsons, B.C.

Short presentations were repeated at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. followed by opportunities for small group discussion and individual feedback. SCRD staff and planning consultants from the Arlington Group were in attendance to present and share information as well as facilitate discussion.

The goal of the workshops was to assist residents in familiarizing with the current bylaw, as well as gather current feedback. Each workshop had a learning focus, to assist in preparation for providing feedback. The feedback will be used in drafting the new bylaw and will be presented to the community for further feedback opportunities in 2019.

To receive project updates by email (on this project only), send an email to with the subject line: 310 Project Updates.