Zoning Bylaw 2017

A new Zoning Bylaw has been drafted! It is intended to support growth and development by adding new zones to the Central Business District and the Old Town area.

The draft Zoning Bylaw was presented to Council in October 2017 and has since been further refined based on public feedback. The next step is to be considered at Committee of the Whole on February 1, 2018 prior to a public hearing.

View Zoning Bylaw 2017 Information Sheet here

What is a Zoning Bylaw?

The zoning bylaw regulates how private land and buildings may be used (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial) as well as where buildings and other structures may be located.  The Zoning Bylaw also addresses other aspects of development such as building height, density, building setbacks and off-street parking for vehicles and bicycles.

The draft Zoning Bylaw 2017 introduces four new zones that will replace over 70 current zones (see map below). The proposed new zones will retain existing development rights while supporting the implementation of the Downtown Core Area Plan.        

Why a new Zoning Bylaw?

The current Zoning Regulation Bylaw has been in place since 1981 and has not had a comprehensive review since its adoption. The first phase of the new Zoning Bylaw introduces new zones for the Central Business District, which is the main employment centre not just for Victoria, but for the Region as a whole. Zoning Bylaw 2017 will help achieve the visions of the  Downtown Core Area Plan (2011) and the Official Community Plan (2012). This includes a Central Business District with higher density office buildings and complementary uses such as multi-residential, hotels, restaurants, retail and more. The new Zoning Bylaw also introduces new zones for the Old Town Area which support and reflect the existing heritage context provide increased flexibility to support the retention and re-use of existing heritage buildings.     


View Zoning Map Here


Zoning Bylaw Improvements

The draft Zoning Bylaw 2017 is more user-friendly with:

  • Improved, unambiguous language
  • Separate sections for Use and Administrative definitions
  • More Illustrations
  • More permitted uses
  • Reduced need for site specific zones
  • Eliminates cross-referencing between zones
  • Easier to maintain and update as required
  • Updated off-street parking regulations (vehicle and bicycle)

New Zones

Central Business District-1 Zone (CBD-1)

  • Generally meant to apply on property that is currently zoned as CA-4 zone as well as site specific zones that are based on the CA-4 zone
  • Maintains a maximum density of 3:1 FSR (same as CA-4 Zone)
  • Maintains a maximum building height of 43m (same as CA-4)
  • Includes new use definitions
  • Updated vehicular and bicycle off-street parking for residential uses and hotel

Central Business District-2 Zone (CBD-2)

  • Generally similar to CBD-1 zone except maximum density for residential uses is limited to 3:1 FSR while commercial uses may be developed to a maximum of 4:1 FSR.
  • Proposed to apply to existing CBD properties that currently have a density equal to or higher than 4:1 FSR
  • CBD-2 zone is intended to accommodate most new rezonings within the CBD (“destination zone”)
  • Subject to increased building heights within the CBD
  • Includes new use definitions
  • Updated vehicular and bicycle off-street parking for residential uses and hotel

Mixed Use Residential District-1 Zone (MRD-1)

  • Developed to replace existing R-48 Harris Green Zone
  • 30m maximum building height (Same as R-48)
  • No prescribed residential density (Same as R-48)
  • No required vehicle parking (same as R-48)
  • Includes new use definitions

Old Town District-1 Zone (OTD-1)

  • Developed to apply to property that is currently zoned CA-3, CA-3C as well site specific zones that are based on the CA-3 or CA-3C zones
  • Maintains maximum density of 3:1 FSR
  • 15m maximum building height
  • Uses align with CBD-1 and CBD-2 zones
  • Proposes no off-street vehicular parking in recognition of site constraints and historic Old Town context