What is Zoning?

    Zoning is a District Bylaw that regulates what can be built on a property. Here are some examples:

      • permitted uses – what kind of things can be built or done on a property

      • minimum setbacks – how far buildings need to be from property boundaries

      • minimum lot dimensions – how small a lot can be for the purposes of subdivision

      • maximum height – how tall buildings can be built

      • maximum density:

        • how many residential units can be built on a property; or

        • how much commercial floor space can be built.

      • maximum lot coverage – how much of a property can be covered by buildings.

      • off-street parking – how many motor vehicle and bicycling parking stalls are required for new development.

    Zoning is not to be confused with Official Community Plan (OCP) designations that determine what the District and community would like to see in the future. Zoning deals with what you can do on your property right now. More information on the OCP is available here: OCP

    How does Zoning work?

    The District is divided into zones where different uses are allowed (ex. single family, commercial, multi-unit). Changes to zoning, called a "rezoning" are approved by Council and must be consistent with the District's Official Community Plan (OCP). You can learn more about the OCP and rezoning herehere.

    Why are we reviewing the Zoning Bylaw?

    The Zoning Bylaw was last reviewed in 2009. Our goal is to modernize the bylaw, make it more user friendly and ensure its consistent with the recently approved Official Community Plan.

    What's the Zoning on my property

    You can check the Zoning of your property by viewing our Web Map.

    Step 1: Type your address in the search box in the top right corner.

    Step 2: Click on your address in the results bar on the left.

    Step 3: Click on 'Zoning Bylaw' and it will display your zoning.

    Why is the District proposing reduced motor vehicle parking requirements?

    A review of motor vehicle parking requirements for Fraser Valley municipalities  determined that certain motor vehicle parking requirements are particularly onerous compared to other municipalities, namely parking for:

    • studio and 1 bedroom apartments, including: rental, strata and affordable units;

    • office;

    • retail;

    • restaurant;

    • cultural assembly (e.g., cultural centre); and

    • civic assembly (e.g., community centre) uses.

    What is Floor Space Ratio (FSR)?

    Floor Space Ratio (FSR) is one of two ways to measure density. It's the figure obtained when the total amount of floor space of a building is divided by the area of the lot. For example, if you had a 10,000 sq ft lot that had Zoning that allowed a 1.0 FSR. The maximum amount of buildable floor space would be 10,000 sq ft. The actually amount of buildable floor space space may be less due to other Zoning Bylaw requirements, such as: setbacks, parking and height.