Accessory/Auxiliary Buildings, Carriage Homes, and Retaining Wall Amendments

Jun 23, 2020
Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B, Electoral Area C, Electoral Area D

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 

Current Status

NEW: On February 26, 2020, the Board directed Staff to update all the Electoral Area bylaws using the retaining wall provisions in Amendment Bylaw No. 1649-2019 in order to minimize the potential negative impacts of large retaining walls in Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B, and Electoral Area D.

Purpose of Bylaws 1692-2020, 1693-2020, and 1694-2020:

The following retaining wall amendments are introduced:

  • Adding a new definition, retaining wall.
  • Introducing regulations for retaining wall heights and terrace depths

In addition, these bylaws also introduced the following housekeeping amendments:

  • The replacement of the existing definition of Agriculture in Electoral Areas A, B, and D.
  • The addition of Temporary Use Permit language in Electoral Area A and B, which allows all zones to consider Temporary Use Permits.
  • Updated Local Government Act (LGA) section references for Electoral Areas A and B.
  • The replacement of the existing Driveway Gradient regulations in Electoral Area D with updated regulations.

On November 25, 2020 Bylaw No. 1692-2020, cited as “Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area A Zoning Bylaw No. 670, 1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1692-2020”, Bylaw No. 1693-2020, cited as “Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300, 2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1693-2020” and  Bylaw No. 1694-2020, cited as “Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1694-2020” were given first reading and referred to  affected First Nations, Provincial agencies and ministries, the District of Lillooet, the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and the Village of Pemberton.

On February 24, 2021 the Board gave second reading to the above-mentioned bylaws and waived the Public Hearing.

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 A Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 608, 1996, the Electoral Area B Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1073, 2008, and the Electoral Area D Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1135-2013.  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.

Bylaws

Reports


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.

Staff Reports

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