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Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw Update

Open House and Discussion of Recommended Updates

Saturday, February 10, 2018
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mansons Hall

Back-up date in case of stormy weather and ferry cancellations:

Sat. Feb. 17, same place, same time!

Drop in, review and provide your input on recommended updates to the Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw.

Information panels with recommendations are available on the following topics:

Please find below two links to the survey.  One contains the open house information panels and one does not, since the panels are available above.  You can select which survey to complete based on your preference. The questions are the same.

May 27, 2017 public meeting summaries

In May 2017, the SRD hosted two public meetings. The May 9 meeting focussed on density, housing, forest lands and bylaw enforcement, the May 16 meeting on aquaculture zoning.  

Following are notes from the two meetings as well as the background information presented:

Based on the input received at the May meetings as well as the zoning bylaw questionnaire results (see below), the SRD will draft proposed bylaw changes to review with Cortes Islanders in the fall of 2017.

Upcoming meetings will be announced on the Tideline, via posters and on the SRD website.

Zoning Bylaw Questionnaire Results

The SRD posted an on-line questionnaire on questions related to the zoning bylaw update in February and March 2017. Paper copies were available at different locations on Cortes Island.

You can view the questionnaire results here.

Over 150 Cortes Islanders completed the questionnaire and provided well-reasoned, creative and thoughtful ideas, suggestions and comments. Thank you to everyone who participated in the questionnaire!  Your responses will inform the proposed draft bylaw updates.

Previous Meetings                                     

The SRD held its first initial public outreach meeting on the Cortes Island Zoning bylaw on December 1, 2016.  The purpose of this meeting was to provide Cortes residents an opportunity to voice opinions regarding zoning related matters within their community.  The SRD was pleased with the attendance and participation in the event, where between 90 and 100 Cortes residents worked with SRD staff to identify the following issues for further discussion:

  • Density and related topics (max. # of dwellings, caps on dwellings, affordability, tiny homes, implications for park dedication at subdivision)
  • Environmental protection (personal responsibility vs. siting permits, water quality and quantity, marine ecology)
  • Aquaculture
  • Nuisance  bylaw
  • Bylaw enforcement

Background information presented at the December 1 meeting: Zoning Bylaw Fact Sheet

Complete summary of the December 1 meeting discussion:  Zoning Bylaw Meeting Notes

The May 2017 meetings focused on those key topics.

Bylaw Review Process

The existing Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw dates back to 2002. An update is needed to ensure the bylaw is compliant with changes in provincial legislation since 2002 and other SRD bylaws and reflects the vision, goals and policies of the Cortes Island  Official Community Plan (OCP) which was developed with the community between 2010 and 2012. 

The SRD is hosting a number of community meetings and posted an on-line survey to gather input from Cortes Island residents.  The updates will be focused on those required by legislation and those necessitated by the OCP. Cortes Island residents will be asked to provide input on where on the spectrum of compliance with the OCP they would like the zoning bylaw to be. The OCP guides the regulations contained within the zoning bylaw but the zoning bylaw dictates how restrictive or permissive the regulations will be. 

Following is a summary of the bylaw update process:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A number of questions have been presented during the consultations so far. Questions and answers are posted below. This will be expanded as further questions are raised during the consultation process.  See all FAQs

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