A public hearing into West Kelowna's new Zoning Bylaw is scheduled for 6pm on Tuesday, November 26th. The municipality is asking for input into changes it says will potentially affect “all properties in the municipality.”
Copies of the Zoning Bylaw and the accompanying OCP (Official Community Plan) amendments can be viewed at municipal hall from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Any property owner or resident interested in making a submission to the mayor and council must make a submission to the municipality prior to 4 p.m. Monday, November 25th.
A notice of submission can be made one of four ways:
•In person at Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna
•By mail to Municipal Hall, 2760 Cameron Road, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2T6
•By fax to 778-797-1001
•By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed new bylaw will replace the bylaw that the District of West Kelowna had inherited from the Regional District upon incorporation. The last review and update to the bylaw was 13 years ago.
The proposed updates include:
•A reduced minimum parcel area for properties currently zoned Single Family Residential (R1), which would apply at the time of subdivision
•An increased minimum parcel area for properties within the ALR currently zoned Agricultural (A1), which would apply at the time of subdivision
•Two new compact residential zones specific to Westbank and Boucherie Centres
•Incorporation of residential and commercial recommendations contained in the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan
•Changes to parking regulations.
As part of the Zoning Bylaw review process, Official Community Plan (OCP) amendments are also proposed, including:
•A new land use designation specific to an area in Westbank Centre that allows for single family homes, secondary suites, duplexes and townhouses
•Updated language for the Hillside Development Permit Area with regard to retaining walls
•Land use mapping changes to reflect the proposed zoning changes and address gaps in the OCP’s mapping base.