In October 2019, zoning bylaw amendments were initiated to address the following identified issues in Electoral Area C:
- Accessory/Auxiliary Buildings: Proposed amendments apply to WedgeWoods Estates only, and establish a limit on the number and size of accessory buildings permitted on individual parcels
- Carriage Homes: Proposed: Proposed amendments apply to WedgeWoods Estates only, and permit the construction of a carriage home prior to construction of principal residence
- Retaining Walls: Proposed amendments apply to all of Electoral Area C, and establish provisions for maximum heights and minimum depth of terraces for stepped retaining walls
Bylaw No. 1649-2019, cited as “Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1649-2019", was given first reading by the SLRD Board on October 23, 2019. The bylaw was amended to include retaining wall provisions and given second reading by the SLRD Board on February 26, 2020. The bylaw was then sent out for referrals to affected First Nations, Provincial agencies and ministries, as well as the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Village of Pemberton, and the WedgeWoods Strata Council.
Following the referrals period, amendments were made to the proposed bylaw and second reading was rescinded on May 27, 2020. The amended bylaw was then given second reading, and the Public Hearing was waived.
Pursuant to Section 464(2) of the Local Government Act, a local government may waive a public hearing on a proposed bylaw if the proposed amendment is consistent with the OCP. The amendments are considered to be consistent with the Electoral Area C Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 689, 1999. As per Section 467 of the Local Government Act, the notice of waiver must be advertised and public comments can still be received and will be presented to the Board prior to additional readings.