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Zoning bylaw no. 310 update

You are invited to participate in a community questionnaire regarding zoning regulations between March 25 - April 15, 2019. Please read the short Key Opportunity Summary before participating. click here for Questionnaire


A zoning bylaw is a 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. Community engagement work is underway to gather input before drafting a new bylaw.

Planning staff have been working with the community, advisory committees and a professional planning consultant team (Arlington Group) through the first phases 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. The Key Opportunity Summary (linked above) provides an overview of each topic and the questions included in the questionnaire. The public participation on this project to-date has helped shape this summary.

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 - May 2019

3. Gather Feedback on Draft Bylaw

Open to all community members

Public Participation Report Phase 3 Planned

Mid 2019

A number of technical and readability updates are also planned.

December 2018 Public Workshop

Public workshops were hosted on December 5 and 6 2018 to assist residents in familiarizing with the current bylaw and gather feedback. Feedback from all parts of the public participation process informs the new draft bylaw.

Subscribe to updates

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