Richmond continues process to establish underlying zoning for Land Use Contracts
07 May 2019
The City of Richmond is continuing its process to establish the underlying zoning for the 46 remaining Land Use Contracts (LUCs) within Richmond, city-wide.
Consistent with the Local Government Act, Richmond City Council must consider bylaws to establish underlying zoning for the 46 remaining Land Use Contracts including commercial, industrial, agricultural and multi-family properties by June 30, 2022, exactly two years before all Land Use Contracts in the province are terminated on June 30, 2024. Simply put, Richmond City Council must have zoning in place so that when the LUCs are terminated, there is a set of zoning regulations for the affected properties.
Since 2017, Richmond City Council has already adopted underlying zoning bylaws for 16 LUCs applicable to properties in the City Centre.
Richmond City Council has now given first reading to eight underlying zoning bylaws for 25 industrial, commercial, agricultural and multi-family properties developed under LUCs east of No. 4 Road. The proposed bylaws are scheduled for consideration at the regular Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The proposed underlying zoning bylaws have generally been designed to reflect the specific regulations under each existing LUC to ensure that existing uses on the property continue to be permitted, while not providing for any additional development rights.
Letters have been sent to the affected property owners and tenants, with information on how to contact City staff to learn more about the process involved with establishing underlying zoning for their property. If affected property owners and tenants have no concerns with the underlying zoning bylaw proposed for their property, no action is required on their part. If they do have concerns, there will be an opportunity to express those concerns as part of the Public Hearing process. A Public Hearing notice will be sent to all affected property owners and tenants, in addition to surrounding property owners and tenants in early May. The notice will include details on how to participate in the Public Hearing process.
Unlike the approach taken for the LUCs that included single-family properties, no early termination bylaws are proposed to be brought forward for the remaining LUCs on properties containing multi-family, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses. As a result, the remaining existing LUCs will continue to govern the use and development of the affected properties until their termination date in 2024, as established in the provincial Local Government Act.
Staff will be bringing forward underlying zoning bylaws for other remaining LUCs separately on the basis of their geographic area.
To learn more about Land Use Contracts or see if your property is covered by a Land Use Contract, go to www.richmond.ca/plandev/planning2/projects/LUC. More information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 604-204-8626.