The District of Sparwood is updating its Zoning Bylaw. File Photo

Sparwood zoning bylaw review underway

This is the first comprehensive review of the bylaw since it was adopted in 1981

A major review of rules and regulations governing land use in Sparwood is underway for the first time in 38 years.

The zoning bylaw sets out the rules and regulations respecting land use within the community, such as setbacks, building size and property uses.

There have been several site-specific amendments to the bylaw, however, a comprehensive review has not been completed since it was adopted in 1981.

The District of Sparwood hopes to modernize the bylaw and ensure consistency with the Official Community Plan, as well as getting input from residents and business owners on any changes they would like to see.

The District has held a series of meetings, including a builder and developer workshop on February 4 and a public workshop on February 6, as part of its zoning bylaw review.

A special meeting of council also took place on February 5, where councillors and District staff heard from consultants, Urban Systems.

Manager of Planning Jeremy Johnston said the next step is a community survey.

“Our consultants will be preparing a short survey based on the input we have received to date,” he said.

“The survey will help us understand if people agree with what we’ve heard and that will help us as we move into the drafting stage of the project.”

The District will provide an update with rough timelines and the next steps at Sparwood.ca/zoning.

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