Draft of new, updated Zoning Bylaw will be revealed May 26

The Town of Ladysmith has been working on updating its Zoning Bylaw since 2012

The Town of Ladysmith has been working on updating its Zoning Bylaw since 2012, and next week, council members and the public will have a chance to see the draft results of this work.

A special council meeting will take place Monday, May 26 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Ladysmith Seniors Centre at 630 Second Ave. for the next step in the Town of Ladysmith’s Zoning Bylaw Update Project. The meeting will focus on a staff presentation to council on the draft new and updated Zoning Bylaw and Design Guidelines.

“It’s a chance to see the draft bylaw,” explained planner Lisa Brinkman. “It’s not being consider for first and second reading at all; it’s just being presented so council and the public have time to review it before it starts that bylaw process.”

The last comprehensive update of the Ladysmith Zoning Bylaw took place in 1997.

As part of the Zoning Bylaw Update Project, the Town has held various community meetings and engaged consultants to review and update the Town’s Zoning Bylaw.

The Zoning Bylaw is used to regulate land use in Ladysmith, and it sets out regulations for property owners, local businesses and residents around such issues as land use designations, the height of buildings, density, parking and landscaping. Through the updating process, the Town has been looking at topics that include the introduction of coach houses, clarifying home-based business regulations, introducing a downtown live-work zone, restricting big box stores and drive-thrus, and updating parking requirements.

Keep checking the Town of Ladysmith website at www.ladysmith.ca to access the documents in advance of the meeting. There will be paper copies of the draft bylaw available for review at the council meeting on May 26.

You can view information about the Zoning Bylaw Update Project from past meetings and presentations online at www.ladysmithzoningbylaw.ca.

If you have any questions about the Zoning Bylaw Update Project, contact the Ladysmith Development Services Department at 250-245-6405.