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Small scale housing to be permitted in all rural zones in the Cariboo

The Cariboo Regional District will be considering a change to its Zoning Bylaws to ensure compliance with provincial housing legislation.

CRD staff will be proposing amendments to the Quesnel Fringe Area Zoning Bylaw, Williams Lake Fringe and 150 Mile House Area Zoning Bylaw and South Cariboo Area Zoning Bylaw. The proposed amendments will bring the CRD’s bylaws into compliance with new provincial housing legislation, and will provide clarity that a minimum of one secondary suite within a single-family dwelling is permitted in any provincially designated “restricted zone”. Secondary suites will still be required comply with existing zoning standards for size and siting, along with BC Building Code requirements.

In 2018, the CRD adopted comprehensive bylaw amendments allowing accessory dwelling units in all residential and rural zones. A handful of special exception zones were not included in these amendments, and therefore are classified as “restricted zones” by the new housing legislation. There are approximately 50 to 60 parcels that may be considered a “restricted zone.”

The draft bylaw amendments will be provided to the board its June 20 meeting.

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