The City of Vancouver is divided into different zones that describe the details of permitted development, use and so forth.
In 2017, the City of Vancouver updated its zoning bylaws for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood to support the revitalization of the area as a destination for craft breweries and other manufacturing businesses. Similar changes have been seen in other Lower Mainland municipalities.
Zoning is the process of determining which uses are permitted on property in a specific area. This is done by dividing the city into different zones, and each zone has its own set of rules and regulations that apply to development projects.
West Vancouver is located on the coast of British Columbia, across Burrard Inlet via the Lions Gate Bridge from Vancouver, and is considered one of Canada‘s most beautiful communities. It is home to a thriving real estate, retail, and tourism industries. It is also known for its prestigious schools, spectacular parks and beaches, and rich culture and heritage.
It is also the location of many film and production companies. The municipality also hosts the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, one of the main connecting hubs between Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia.
The District of West Vancouver, like other municipalities in the lower mainland of Canada, is largely dependent on property taxes to fund municipal services and infrastructure. In West Vancouver, almost all the land is zoned for single-family homes and residents’ associations have been fighting to keep this traditional form of housing in place.
Despite a long history of resistance to high-rise development in West Vancouver, it is increasingly becoming more common for developers to pursue projects with the support of local residents’ groups and City Council. As senior levels of government continue to call for greater housing supply and affordability, these discussions are likely to continue to dominate local debates.
To help make this process easier, the City of West Vancouver has created a new mapping tool that allows you to quickly and easily determine what type of zoning your property is in. Simply enter your address into the tool and it will tell you what zone your property is in, as well as its OCP designation and heritage status.
You can also download the map from this page, and print it if you prefer. Using this map will save you time and money while making sure your projects are on track!
As the District of West Vancouver prepares to bring the Area Development Plan (ADP) for Cypress Village and Eagleridge to Council this fall, it is important for residents to be aware of what zoning changes are in store. The District has taken a proactive approach to this process, involving the community and conducting several public consultations. Among other things, the ADP will transfer density and development rights from Eagleridge to Cypress Village in order to protect the Eagleridge ecological area for conservation and recreation.
Located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet across the Lions Gate Bridge, West Vancouver is one of Canada’s wealthiest municipalities and a premier tourist destination. Its magnificent homes, ski trails, parks and beaches attract film stars, professional athletes, old-wealth families and successful business people from around the world.
It’s a small town with an active local business sector and a high-quality infrastructure, including paved walking trails, parks and beaches. It is mainly a residential district, but it does have some manufacturing.
The District of West Vancouver is a mountainside community bisected by 19 major creeks and rich coastal vegetation. Its temperate climate is a characteristic of the Lower Mainland.
Incorporated as a district municipality in 1912, it is home to a large number of residents who commute into downtown Vancouver and work in other parts of the City. Tourism is also important in West Vancouver as many people enjoy the picturesque views of English Bay and Howe Sound.
There are several interesting neighbourhoods in West Vancouver that are worth visiting for their own sake or for their historical significance. Some of these include Ambleside, Lighthouse Park and Whytecliff.
Ambleside has some wonderful sandy beaches where people can swim and watch the ships go by. It is also close to Stanley Park. There are also some beautiful beaches at Dundarave and Lighthouse Park.
As well, there are some excellent restaurants and cafes along Marine Drive, which runs parallel to the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave. These are popular spots for people to stop off for a snack or coffee and watch the boats pass by.
Besides beaches, West Vancouver also has some fabulous parks and hiking trails. Some of these can be difficult to access as they are off the beaten track, but it’s possible to find them.
The district is divided into a series of zones, which describe the details of permitted development and use. It is important to understand the differences between these zones as they can have significant impacts on your home, property or business.
The zoning map of the City of Vancouver is an invaluable resource for anyone who is considering building a new home or developing an existing property in the city. To learn more, check out the City’s Zoning and Land Use Document Library, which includes an extensive list of documents and links to online resources.
If you are planning to build a house or an office building on a property, it is important to know what zone the property falls under. This information will help you determine if your plans can be built on the property and how large they can be.
The City of Vancouver has many zoning maps available for download from their website. This is a great resource for people looking to buy a property in the city. It contains zoning codes and districts, development standards, permitted land uses, and rezoning data.
There are different zones for each type of use, so it is important to check which one your property is in before you make any decisions about the use you want to build. If your property is in a residential zone but doesn’t allow for the type of home or business you want to build, you can apply for a rezoning to change it so that you can make it more compatible with your goals.
A zoning map will tell you what zone your property is in and how much it can be built on. It also gives you a general idea of what types of buildings can be built on the property, and where they can be located.
The City of West Vancouver has a number of different residential zones for different parts of the city. These areas are meant to promote a variety of residential activities and designs.
Each of the zones has its own set of requirements, and these can be found in the District Schedules for that zone. The regulations are divided into subsections in the schedules so that you can easily cross-reference them between zones.
For example, if you are in an RS-zone and you need to know how big of a building you can build on your lot, you can find this information in section 4 of each zone’s district schedule.
Another important piece of information is the zone’s height restrictions. These are meant to keep your property’s overall height within a reasonable range, so you can have the kind of view you want from your home.
Zoning is a crucial tool for cities to get the benefits of growth while minimizing the negative impacts. It allows development to be guided to sites where benefits will be maximized without sacrificing the use and enjoyment of those owning and/or occupying adjoining properties or the community as a whole.
West vancouver has a number of zoning districts, each with its own unique set of rules and regulations. These include the general commercial zone, which includes shops, restaurants, and office buildings. The neighborhood commercial zone, CN, is intended to provide small-scale, convenience retail uses that serve adjacent residential neighborhoods.
A new zoning bylaw that took effect in 2017, allows cannabis stores and other specialty goods to open in certain areas of West Vancouver. The policy is part of the city’s effort to create more job opportunities in a neighbourhood that has long been seen as a manufacturing hub for craft breweries and other industrial businesses.
Another recent update to the zoning bylaws limits financial institutions, including currency exchanges and beauty salons, to no more than 20 per cent of ground-level commercial frontage in Ambleside and Dundarave and Royal Avenue in Horseshoe Bay. Other proposed changes allow businesses that manufacture products on-site, such as bakeries, to wholesale to other businesses.
Many properties in West Vancouver are situated on the side of the coast mountains, allowing for panoramic views of the ocean, the Lower Mainland and/or Howe Sound. Most of the community’s homes enjoy this natural backdrop, which helps make it an ideal place to live.
While the zoning map is an important resource for determining what kind of development can take place in a particular area, it is also essential to understand the context of each zoning district and how they fit into the Official Community Plan (OCP). When zoning works well it guides development to sites where benefits will be maximized without detracting from those owning and/or occupying the land and its surrounding environment.
When zoning doesn’t work well, it can lead to “spot zoning,” where development is allowed that doesn’t fit within the boundaries of the OCP and/or existing zoning. When spot zoning occurs, it often benefits one property owner at the expense of others, and can be a sign that poor planning has taken place.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.