Proposed Changes to Zoning for Hobby Farms

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UPDATE!

A second report has been presented to the Committee of the Whole. Read it here.

The Board of Directors has directed staff to proceed with a lesser scope of changes than originally proposed. We anticipate the Bylaw 2400 amendment will be before the Board of Directors at the May 11 meeting and will go to hearing in June.

What NEW regulations is the TNRD considering for small, non-ALR, acreages?

  1. Limits on livestock numbers based on lot area
  2. Limits on build-out of small lots (size & height of accessory buildings)300x300 image
  3. Limits of building area or “coverage” based on percentage of lot area

Also, updates in response to recent ALR changes to ensure that TNRD Zoning Bylaw 2400 and ALC regulation match.

Why are we proposing changes?

  1. Board of Directors directed staff to look at the issue and propose changes
  2. Bylaw complaints related to livestock cannot be resolved under existing rules
  3. When the Province makes changes, we typically update our bylaws for consistency
  4. Land Use Contracts (LUCs) are being terminated with most former LUC lands rolling into zones impacted by the changes – so now is the best time to look at changes.

When and how can you provide input?

Please give us your input as soon as possible to inform the actual content of the proposed bylaw amendment. The bylaw will be before the Board of Directors for readings early in 2017 with a public hearing anticipated in April or May. It is better to give input sooner than later.

Mail
#300-465 Victoria St, Kamloops, BC  V2C 2A9
Phone or Fax
(250) 377-8673 or fax (250) 372-5048
Email
planning@tnrd.ca

What are the current rules?

Agricultural and horticultural use has always been permitted in TNRD’s rural and agriculture zones, regardless of parcel size, since the first zoning bylaw of 1972. The only livestock limits eventually imposed were for “intensive agriculture” such as a feedlot. In recent years, an increased awareness of sustainability coupled with a desire for homegrown foods has popularized “hobby farming.” Issues have arisen when too many animals are on a small lot in a semi-rural area.

Under the current Zoning Bylaw 2400, small-lot zones stipulate a maximum or a “cap” on building height/size and lot coverage while zones for large lots (20 acre) do not. BUT having no caps for 2-15 acre lots has led to issues related to intrusive home-based businesses and excessively large out buildings – typically not used for farming. We propose to add some reasonable limitations to Zoning Bylaw 2400.

ALR aside: The amendments will not limit livestock keeping or buildings on large parcels or Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) lands as these are governed by the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) and subject to policy set out under the ALC Act. Larger scale farm activities are subject to policy established under the Farm Practices Protection Act.

Related Links

For LUC information click here.
For ALR information click here.
For information on the zoning of your land click here.

BC Local Government Livestock-Related Zoning Bylaw Comparison Table

 

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