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Zoning bylaw no. 310 update

The current status of this project: Phase 2 of public participation is now complete.


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 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 1 Public Participation Report


2. Public Workshops and Questionaire

Public workshops were hosted on December 5 and 6, 2018 to assist residents in familiarizing with the current bylaw and gather feedback.

An online questionnaire was live from March25 - April 15, 2019.

There workshops and questionnaire were open to all community members. A summary of feedback received is found in the report below.

Phase 2 Public Participation Report

Completed June 2019

3. Gather Feedback on Draft Bylaw

Focus groups

Public information meetings or workshops for community associations, open to all community members

Public Participation Report Phase 3 Planned

Fall 2019 - Winter 2020

A number of technical and readability updates are also planned.

Subscribe to updates

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

Are you involved or working in a sector related to the Key Opportunities (housing diversity, residential agriculture, home based business, cannabis production and retail, short term rental)? If you are interested in participating in a focus group to review the new draft bylaw this fall? Send an email to with the subject line: Bylaw Update Focus Groups, let us know you are interested and describe your invovlement in the area in which you are most interested to participate.