Amendments to the Zoning By-Law are sometimes required to enable a particular development that is otherwise not permitted on a given property, or to update or modify a Zoning By-Law regulation(s).
Map amendments – commonly referred to as rezonings – are required in order to change the zoning of a particular property. An example of this would be changing the zoning of a property from residential to commercial to allow a business to be developed on said property.
Proposed rezonings must demonstrate consistency with the planning policies and land use designations outlined in the Brokenhead River Planning District (BRPD)Development Plan. If a conflict exists with the planning policies and land use designations of the BRPD Development Plan, map and/or text amendments to the Development Plan may also be required.
The municipal Council must adopt a Zoning By-Law amendment by-law for an amendment (map or text) to be approved and in effect. The amendment process requires a public hearing and three readings of the amending by-law. Appeals concerning Zoning By-Law amendments are heard by The Municipal Board. Due to the statutory steps required, a Zoning By-Law amendment can take four or more months to complete from the date of application.