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Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw Update

Complete the online survey!
Your response to the on-line survey will help the SRD determine where Cortes island residents stand on possible zoning bylaw updates. The survey questions are based on the topics raised and suggestions made by Cortes islanders at the December 1, 2016 public meeting. The survey is open until March 31, 2017.

If you have a slow internet connection, paper copies are available at the three post offices on Cortes Island and the Cortes Island library.

Thank you for participation in this survey!  


December 1, 2016 public meeting                                     

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 a non-guided, uninfluenced 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

Upcoming meetings in 2017 will focus on those key topics. Dates will be posted here, on the Tideline at www.cortesisland.com and advertised on posters around Cortes.

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 posting 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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