Brent Elliott of City Spaces Consulting shares a presentation about the Town of Ladysmith’s Zoning Bylaw update during an open house Saturday

Brent Elliott of City Spaces Consulting shares a presentation about the Town of Ladysmith’s Zoning Bylaw update during an open house Saturday

Ladysmith residents can provide zoning feedback until Dec. 6

A recent open house provided an update on Ladysmith's Zoning Bylaw project, which is still in the public input stage.

The Town of Ladysmith’s Community Vision is to be a community that maintains a small town feeling and builds community spirit while managing growth and balancing the need for economic growth with environment protection.

One way the Town is doing that is by updating its Zoning Bylaw to look at issues such as housing diversity and the management of parking, and the Town is looking for the community’s input into that process.

A community open house took place Saturday, Nov. 23 for the Town’s consultants to present an update on the work being done on the Zoning Bylaw and to hear residents’ thoughts about the areas of regulation being considered.

Among other things, the updated bylaw proposes to introduce coach houses, manage height on the town’s hillsides, offer more housing choices, encourage economic vitality, rethink how parking is managed and establish multi-purpose landscapes.

To learn more about the Zoning Bylaw update process and review the open house presentation, click here.

Feedback forms are available on the website, and the Town is looking for feedback by Friday, Dec. 6.

Felicity Adams, the Town’s director of development services, says there were high-level comments at the open house, and people there were generally supportive of the direction in which the Town is going.

“They’re looking for a balance in regulation, balancing community desires and community character with economic development in the recommendations that do come forward,” she said.

The idea of introducing coach houses has been a hot topic in the past, and Adams says that was one topic of interest to many of the people at the open house.

The recommendations around coach houses include introducing them in and around downtown, and Adams says some of the feedback the Town received was asking why not introduce them throughout the community, and also wondering about looking at lot size as a criteria instead of specific zones.

The Zoning Bylaw update is a four-phase project, and the Town of Ladysmith is currently in the third phase.

“We’re very much still in the input stage,” said Adams. “We’re still looking for feedback, and we’re hoping that with the Dec. 6 input phase, we would be looking at coming back to the community in late January.”

Zoning Bylaw feedback forms can be delivered in person to City Hall (410 Esplanade), faxed to 250-245-1114, e-mailed to fadams@ladysmith.ca or mailed to Town of Ladysmith, PO Box 2220, Ladysmith BC, V9G 1A2 (Attn. Development Services).