Delta Zoning Bylaw 7600

Update

Following more than a three-year comprehensive review, the new Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 7600, 2017 was adopted April 9, 2018. Delta Zoning Bylaw 7600 has a user-friendly and streamlined format and reflects modern land use standards.  A summary of the key changes in comparison to the former Delta Zoning Bylaw No. 2750, 1977 follows below. A chart itemizing zone consolidation and conversion can be seen here.

Key Changes in Comparison to the Former Delta Zoning Bylaw 2750

Single Detached Residential and Duplex Residential

  • Minimum lot width for the RS7 zone increased from 11 m to 12 m*. (Section 11.70.8)

    * Council has instructed staff to change the lot width back to 11m and an amendment bylaw will be brought forward shortly. In the mean time, applications for 11m wide lots will continue to be accepted and processed on their own merits. A variance for lot width would be required in these cases.

  • Half storey attic space is excluded from floor area where there is no in-ground basement. (Section 6.2.17 (a) (ii) 1) (1.2))
  • Maximum 24 m² floor area exclusion given for attached or detached garages accommodating only one car (double garages continue to be given a 42 m² exclusion). (Section 6.2.17 (a) (ii) 2))
  • Maximum height for side-by-side duplexes is 2.5 storeys. (Section 12.10.8)
  • Dormer sizes are limited by their length and quantity per roof face. (Section 6.2.15)
  • Covered decks or porches are not permitted for accessory structures. (Section 6.2.16 (c))
  • Permitted projections have been updated to reflect contemporary building designs and their relationship to their respective setbacks. (Section 6.2.10) Permitted projections for the coach house zone are found in Section 11.80(b).
  • Garages with side entry are exempted from the maximum 3m forward projection of a garage. (Section 6.2.11 (b)(i))

Secondary Suites and Suite Parking

  • Secondary suites permitted only on lots at least 15 m wide. Section 6.1.8 (a)
  • Two enclosed parking spaces are required for the principal residence with a secondary suite in dwellings constructed after July 26, 2010. (Section 8.2.3) Tandem parking is not permitted in these situations.
  • Only one enclosed parking space is required for the principal residence with a secondary suite constructed before July 26, 2010. Tandem parking for the principal residence is permitted in these situations. (Section 8.2.4)
  • One additional parking stall is required for the suite tenant, which is not required to be enclosed and may be within the front yard. However the suite parking space must have unobstructed access from the street and must not obstruct access to any other parking space. (Section 8.2.5)
  • Suite parking spaces and driveways must be set back 1 m from side lot lines. (Section 8.2.7) 

Other Significant Amendments

  • Front setback averaging eliminated except for waterfront properties on Beach Grove Road south of 16 Avenue and those fronting Georgia Strait. (Sections 6.2.3 and 6.2.4)
  • Number of streets subject to special setbacks reduced from 45 to 15 streets. (Section 6.2.5)
  • Requirement for a minimum of 20% of new apartment units to be “adaptable” to cater to accessibility needs of the elderly or physically challenged. (Section 6.1.14). An “adaptable dwelling unit” is defined in the Zoning Bylaw as a unit designed and constructed in compliance with the requirements for such units in the BCBC and to facilitate future modification to fixture and counter heights (Section 2.2.1).
  • Minimum indoor and outdoor amenity space requirements for multi-unit residential uses and minimum outdoor amenity space requirements for industrial uses. (Section 7.7)
  • A 15% parking reduction for multi-unit residential, mixed use and commercial zones along Scott Road. (Section 8.4.4)
  • Requirement for 20% of parking spaces to have electric vehicle charging infrastructure for multi-unit residential and mixed-use zones meaning either:
    • provision of an electric charging station; or
    • a ‘rough-in’ to accommodate a future electric charging station (Section 8.5.12)

      Allowance for parking reductions for car share programs. (Section 8.4.5)

  • Bicycle parking requirements for multi-unit residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and public uses. (Section 8.6)
  • Garbage and recycling storage space requirements for multi-unit residential and commercial use. (Section 6.2.20)
  • Licensed childcare facilities permitted in more zones, including core commercial, public parks, and some multi-unit residential zones. (Parts 13 and 14)
  • Commercial, industrial and institutional zones have been updated to consolidate uses and incorporate new uses without changing general intent. (Parts 14, 16, 17 and 18)
  • Cannabis replaces ‘medical marihuana’ considering that legal recreational cannabis is forthcoming in 2018.
  • Cannabis production prohibition retained and cannabis retail use is prohibited in all zones. (Section 6.1.3)
  • Regulations for caretaker and watchman dwelling units added to ensure they are accessory in nature and limited in floor area including a minimum lot size of two hectares for a watchman dwelling unit. (Sections 6.1.12 and 6.1.13)
  • Breweries and distilleries permitted in the I1 Low Impact Industrial and I2 Medium Impact Industrial zones and regulations have been added with respect to accessory food services.(Part 16)
  • General landscape provisions strengthened and new provisions added. (Part 7)

In Stream Applications

Applications involving a bylaw which has had 1st reading at the time Zoning Bylaw 7600 was adopted April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Applications for varying bylaws which do not involve a bylaw and have either been referred to public hearing or given approval subject to conditions prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Development permit and heritage alteration permit applications not involving variances which have been received in a complete form prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Building permit applications that have been determined to be complete,

  • prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018,
  • within 2 months of adoption of a related application involving a bylaw, a variance or other permit, or
  • within 2 months of a related subdivision application approval

will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

All other applications will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 7600.

Applications involving a bylaw which has had 1st reading at the time Zoning Bylaw 7600 was adopted April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Applications for varying bylaws which do not involve a bylaw and have either been referred to public hearing or given approval subject to conditions prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Development permit and heritage alteration permit applications not involving variances which have been received in a complete form prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018 will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

Building permit applications that have been determined to be complete,

  • prior to adoption of Zoning Bylaw 7600 April 9, 2018,
  • within 2 months of adoption of a related application involving a bylaw, a variance or other permit, or
  • within 2 months of a related subdivision application approval

will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 2750.

All other applications will be processed under Zoning Bylaw 7600.

Reports and Related Documents

For more information, email zoning.review@delta.ca, or contact Laura Ryan, Lead Planner, at 604-946-3395.


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