Zoning Bylaw Update

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The City is completing a comprehensive review and rewrite of the current Zoning Bylaw (Bylaw No. 8000) alongside the 2040 Official Community Plan to meet the needs of our growing community.

How to get involved

Take a look at the what's changing in the new draft Zoning Bylaw, then:

Have a question? Let us know.

What's changing

The updated draft Zoning Bylaw aims to meet the following key objectives:

  1. Consolidate zones
  2. Consolidate land-use categories
  3. Update building height regulations
  4. Allow Towers and mid-rise buildings in Capri-Landmark Centre
  5. Simplify the density bonusing policy
  6. Provide a more streamlined, modernized, and user-friendly policy

Click to enlarge the image below and learn more about the changes in the draft version of the updated Zoning Bylaw.


View the draft zoning map

Click to open the interactive map below to look up the proposed zoning and land uses found within the draft Zoning Bylaw. A PDF version of the map is also available.


Project Background

A Zoning Bylaw is a document that regulates how land, buildings and other structures can be used. The current Zoning Bylaw No. 8000 was adopted in 1998 and has been amended over the years to respond to changes and new community initiatives.

The proposed updates in the draft Zoning Bylaw are intended to align with Imagine Kelowna and the City’s 2040 OCP, meet current Provincial legislative requirements, and respond to current development and real estate trends. The updates also consider the recommendations contained within several Council-approved planning initiatives and projects including: the City's Healthy Housing Strategy, Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Agriculture Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Urban Centre Roadmap, as well as recent changes to the BC Building Code.

Read the FAQs to learn more.

The City is completing a comprehensive review and rewrite of the current Zoning Bylaw (Bylaw No. 8000) alongside the 2040 Official Community Plan to meet the needs of our growing community.

How to get involved

Take a look at the what's changing in the new draft Zoning Bylaw, then:

Have a question? Let us know.

What's changing

The updated draft Zoning Bylaw aims to meet the following key objectives:

  1. Consolidate zones
  2. Consolidate land-use categories
  3. Update building height regulations
  4. Allow Towers and mid-rise buildings in Capri-Landmark Centre
  5. Simplify the density bonusing policy
  6. Provide a more streamlined, modernized, and user-friendly policy

Click to enlarge the image below and learn more about the changes in the draft version of the updated Zoning Bylaw.


View the draft zoning map

Click to open the interactive map below to look up the proposed zoning and land uses found within the draft Zoning Bylaw. A PDF version of the map is also available.


Project Background

A Zoning Bylaw is a document that regulates how land, buildings and other structures can be used. The current Zoning Bylaw No. 8000 was adopted in 1998 and has been amended over the years to respond to changes and new community initiatives.

The proposed updates in the draft Zoning Bylaw are intended to align with Imagine Kelowna and the City’s 2040 OCP, meet current Provincial legislative requirements, and respond to current development and real estate trends. The updates also consider the recommendations contained within several Council-approved planning initiatives and projects including: the City's Healthy Housing Strategy, Capri-Landmark Urban Centre Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Agriculture Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Urban Centre Roadmap, as well as recent changes to the BC Building Code.

Read the FAQs to learn more.

Q&A

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    My question is regarding the proposed short-term rental accommodation regulations, specifically 9.10.4 where it states no more than one booking or reservation for short-term rental accommodation is permitted in each dwelling unit at one time. Question: what is the rationale for this? Any evidence-based thought? If a host has more than one rooms for short-term rental and is renting them separately, the host won't be allowed to do this under this regulation. Where is the flexibility? This regulation is not business friendly and is lack of understanding of providing support to Kelowna residents. You are updating a great zoning bylaw for developers. However, the needs of local residents should be considered as well. If the guests do not mind to share the dwelling unit with another reservation, why would you mind? Please stop trying to "regulate" the market, that's not your job. You should facilitate the needs of stakeholders and make recommendations, not to proposed regulations based on your own judgement. It is a joke you propose a draft zoning bylaw without engaging the community at the first step. Have you notified the effected landowners? Have you followed the provincial legislations correctly?

    rl asked 4 days ago

    Thank you for your interest in the draft new Zoning Bylaw and reaching out to the project team with your inquiry

    The short term rental (STR) regulations do not have any proposed changes in the draft new Zoning Bylaw. In 2017, Staff initiated a consultation process which resulted in the creation of guiding principles and draft regulations for policy recommendations. In Winter 2019, the STR regulations (as seen in the current Zoning Bylaw) were adopted by Council, along with a Short Term Rental Bylaw. It is an item on Staffs workplan to provide a report back to Council on the current STR regulations in a process that is separate from current Zoning Bylaw update. This is because further engagement with stakeholders and research is required. To review the STR work that was initiated in 2017, including the guiding principles, regulation development process and Staff reports to Council, please visit Short-Term Rentals | Get Involved Kelowna.

    Warm regards.

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    Hello! I'm trying to see if a particular property was re-zoned on the map. It looks like the consolidated zones are the same colour (e.g. MF1-4 are all the same orange/brown) but there are different regulations for M1, M2, M3 etc. Do you have a more detailed map that labels which parcel is which specific zone? The PDF & esri just show the colours (not acronoym labels) from what I see. Thanks!

    lindsayallman asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your interest in the draft new Zoning Bylaw and reaching out to the project team with your inquiry. 

    To see the new zoning code for a specific parcel, click directly on the parcel and a pop up window will open. Use the right hand arrow at the bottom right hand corner of the pop up to tab right. The pop up will indicate the proposed zone, as well as other helpful information like the purpose of the zone as shown in this image:

    Warm regards.

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    Hi Although the zoning was easy to understand and it was the only question I was disappointed that there were not more questions that people could easily give input. The way it is written, you answer yes to the poll question and it almost refers you ok the change. I don't. I am ok with most of it but for the Heritage area, It was taken off and am so disappointed that happened. I believe we need to restore it. Some zoning and bylaws allowed for some developments already that just don't fit into the neighborhood. I live in it and I get that from all kinds of people walking thru why this or that was allowed. It seems like a plan is brought in and it is almost automatically okayed. I am sure it is not quite like that but it seems to be. The old matter of - it has to fit with form and character of the street in heritage applications is gone. An example is the new duplex at the corner of Abbott and Riverside. I mean everyone I speak to about it cant believe why it was allowed. The only way I see it was, because of the developer. People have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in this area to upgrade these homes and it looks wonderful. This City and Council seems to want to destroy it. I agree we need infill but not the Heritage area. It is so small and people come here all the time to see the homes. It is a treasure. Will it mostly be gone in 25 years. Most of the houses will be the new modern boxes I bet. They can be elsewhere. The houses all look the same in these new areas. Anyway there is my rant. The rest of the zoning is just fine.

    Rudy S1 asked 8 days ago

    Thank you for your interest in the draft new Zoning Bylaw and reaching out to the project team with your comments and inquiry.

    The Heritage Conservation Area is identified in the “Official Community Plan” which can be found on The City of Kelowna web page here Official Community Plan (OCP) | City of Kelowna. The OCP, along with the Heritage Procedures Bylaw No. 11185 guides development applications in the City’s Heritage Conservation Area. The Zoning Bylaw is a tool to regulate how properties are used and what buildings and structures can be built. It does not regulate the form and character of a building. For more information on the Heritage Conservation Area guidelines and procedures, please refer to the Official Community Plan.

    Warm regards.

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